Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be United’s most revered coach because of the many players who thrived during his tenure and some currently the best managers in the the world.
For that reason, no manager could be compared to him as at the moment.
But former United forward Wayne Rooney has gone against all odds and discredited him for his tactics.
Rooney spent 13 seasons at United and despite playing under Sir Alex Ferguson for nine years the striker believes Louis van Gaal was tactically the best manager he worked with.
United’s all-time record goal scorer, who played under Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and David Moyes during his time with United, praised Van Gaal for the way he defensively set up the side.
“He was tactically the best I have worked with,” Rooney said about the Dutchman to one sport publication.
“In terms of setting you up in a shape defensively and everyone knowing their roles.
“It was just about getting the attacking side right as well as the defensive side.
“He won a few trophies but it didn’t pan out the way everyone would have hoped.”
Rooney spent two years at United playing under Van Gaal, with the pair winning the FA Cup.
Van Gaal managed United for 103 games and held a 52 per cent win record as boss.
Rooney, who is now playing in the MLS for D.C. United, began his career at Old Trafford thanks to Sir Alex signing him as a teenager back in 2004.
Ferguson is currently United’s most successful manager after winning 38 trophies during his 26-year spell with the club.
When Ferguson retired in 2013, his successor was David Moyes and Rooney admitted he was surprised by the appointment.
“I think what Manchester United were trying to to do at the time was bring someone in who had longevity in them as a manager,” Rooney said.
“I think Moyes was a bit of a surprise choice but his record at Everton over ten years was great.
“He got them into the Champions League, finished top half almost every year and did a fantastic job.”
Moyes only managed one season in Manchester as he guided the team to 7th in Premier League.
“It didn’t work for David Moyes and they then went for the experience of Louis van Gaal,” Rooney said.
Van Gaal announced his retirement from football management earlier this month.
The 67-year-old, who had a successful managerial career with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich insisted he had no desire to take a back-seat role.
“I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit,” Van Gaal told Dutch TV show VTBL.
“My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago, and followed me when I went abroad.
“I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65.
“She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy. I think I could have worked as a technical director.”