In a season which has struggled to satisfy for large chunks, one of the more enjoyable subtexts has been the relationship between Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Wayne Rooney.
When The Dutchman came to the club Rooney’s position at Manchester United was still being questioned by some. It would have been easy for LVG to give the captaincy to Robin van Persie, who commands respect and has worked closely and effectively with Louis at international level.
But Rooney’s character is infectious and LvG caught the bug straight away. We always felt that LvG would soon begin to appreciate the quality of Manchester United’s most important player for the last decade and, in making him captain, he settled Rooney down immediately and immeasurably.
It’s clear to see that these two enthuse each other. And, when asked about Rooney’s acrobatic goal against Aston Villa Van Gaal shrugged, smiled and said:
Yeah – that’s Rooney uh?
I don’t think there are many players who can do that so it was a fantastic goal
We feel that these two can be a much made in heaven for Manchester United over the next few years. Rooney’s enthusiasm will spark Van Gaal who, in turn, will get the very best out of his main man – a player who is coming into his prime at the age of 29.
Let’s see that Rooney goal again.