Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that captain Wayne Rooney helps to select the side that takes to the pitch for every game, according to The
“Things like the the selection and the kitchen and the members of staff, everything you can mention, he is involved,” he said.
The Dutchman made the 29-year-old his skipper not long after he arrived at Old Trafford, and van Gaal explained that they have developed a great relationship during his spell (via The Sun).
“I think he trusts me so that is also very important and I trust him,” he added.
“So when he comes to me and has remarks I pay always attention to it,” he insisted.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson left the Red Devils, the side have struggled to establish themselves as the force of English football they have spent most of the Premier League era being. Those teams were so strong because they were also led by a string of captains who were able to galvanise the players and get the best out of them.
With Rooney feeling able to make a contribution to how things are done around the club – including team selection – the side may be able to rediscover a consistency that enables them to return to the very top of the Premier League table, as he may have a different perspective to van Gaal on what it will take to get the best out of the side.