Manchester United boss over the Roon with star striker

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has sung the praises of club captain Wayne Rooney, stating that the England international has exceeded his expectations since the Dutchman became manager of the Old Trafford outfit in the summer.

“He is in a great moment,” Van Gaal said.

“But from the first day he was not the Wayne Rooney what people have said about him.

“He was, in my eyes, an example in training.

“I think he shall always play with me, but that’s also difficult to say because when he is in a bad moment then maybe you can be convinced to change him. But he is my captain now, because he is [the] example. I have the impression that he lives for football, and that he likes that he is captain.”

Rooney, 29, scored in United’s 3-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday, which consolidated the Red Devils’ position in fourth place in the Premier League table.

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