Captain Wayne Rooney says that finishing in the Premier League’s top four was essential for Manchester United as they focused on regaining their place at the top of English football. “Top four was a must, really,” Rooney told United’s official website.
United finished fourth in Louis van Gaal’s first campaign on duty, improving on their disastrous seventh-place finish under David Moyes a year ago.
“We had to get ourselves back into the Champions League and we’ve managed to do that. Hopefully that will provide a springboard for us to go and fight for silverware next year.
“Rooney said he enjoyed working under former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Netherlands coach Van Gaal although he accepts that United started the season slowly as they adjusted to their new manager’s methods.
“The manager came in with new ideas, a new way to play, new training methods and we did find that difficult at first,” the 29-year-old said.
“The manager told us before we started that we were going to find it difficult and there were also a lot of new players who came in during the summer and it can be difficult for them to bed into a new league and a new team.”
According to the Rooney, Van Gall had faith in him for making him as the captain for the squad, and seeing the way he works and his different style of management, it is clear why Van Gaal has been successful as a coach.
It was exciting really, to have the chance to work under him,” he added. “The record he has got shows that he is a top manager and since he’s come in he’s been fantastic.
On the other hand, England striker was also happy with his performances least season although he played in a variety of positions throughout the campaign.
“Overall I’m happy with my first season as captain, glad that we’re back in the Champions League and I’m looking forward to trying to help the team be successful next season.”
The well-known Dutch boss was formerly manager of Ajax, Barcelona, AZ, Bayern Munich, and the Netherlands national team. Before his career as a coach, Van Gaal played as a midfielder for Royal Antwerp, Telstar, Sparta Rotterdam and AZ.
He was confirmed to replace David Moyes as the new manager of Manchester United on 2015 and signed a three-year contract with the club.
“There was no silverware for us this season. Next season the focus will be on winning some silverware and I hope I can lead the team to doing that.”