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'Tough Van Gaal is transforming our vision'

ESPN staff
August 5, 2014
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Wayne Rooney says his Manchester United team-mates are thriving under manager Louis van Gaal's "tough" approach at the club and claims the Dutchman has transformed their vision.

Van Gaal's start to life at Old Trafford has impressed both players and the club's hierarchy. He has introduced a new 3-5-2 system which has brought success during their pre-season tour of America, most notably the club's 3-1 defeat of Premier League rivals Liverpool in the final of the International Champions Cup.

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Rooney has impressed on United's tour and, having scored five goals in three pre-season games, was named player of the tournament. The England striker is the latest squad member to hail the impact Van Gaal has had on the United squad.

"It's been a good few weeks. We've got a new manager who wants us to play a different style of football," Rooney said. "We've had to adapt. We've had some good results against top opposition so we can be pleased.

"The system suits the team, not only myself. The manager came in and had a look at the players we've got. He's done what he thinks is best suited for our team.

"He's a tough manager but he's been great since he came in. He's given us all a different way of looking at football, which we haven't had before. It's been great for us and hopefully that will continue.

"We wanted to win games, play well and obviously we've done that. We've won a trophy as well. It's always nice to beat Liverpool. We're happy with the work we've done out here [in the United States]; now we go on to Valencia and then the season starts."

Van Gaal is not the only one turning heads at United. New signing Ander Herrera has largely impressed his team-mates and the midfielder's attitude was described as "infectious" by Darren Fletcher.

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