Rooney Claims Players Are Ready To Impress New Manager

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has claimed that the players are ready to impress new manager Louis van Gaal, who recently took charge of the managerial duties at the club. The Dutchman was appointed as a replacement for David Moyes, who left the role just four matches before the end of last campaign. The 62-year-old from the back of an impressive World Cup tournament with the Dutch national team during which several of his tactical decisions were praised by pundits and fans alike.

Rooney has been one of the star players at United in the last decade, but the presence of Robin van Persie has been threatening to reduce his star status within the club. Despite only recently signing a £ 300,000 a week contract, Rooney’s position at the club has been thrown into more doubt after the appointment of van Gaal. This is because the Dutchman has a great relationship with van Persie. Both have admitted this openly on several occasions, but Rooney is not mindful of this aspect. The 28-year-old, who finally broke his duck at the World Cup with a goal against Uruguay, claims that all of the players at United are looking to impress the manager.

United are involved in the pre-season tour of the United States. "Of course, we all have to go out there and show what we can do and show every day in training what different qualities we have as players and a team. Everyone wants to impress a new manager and that's what we're aiming to do. Any player will tell you the most important thing for the season is to get a good pre-season under your belt and that's what we're all trying to do,” said Rooney. United come up against big teams like Real Madrid in their pre-season tour.