Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has hailed the ‘quality’ signings the club have made in this summer’s transfer window, and also spoken about working with Louis van Gaal.
The England international forward has benefited from a long pre-season after an early World Cup exit, and has impressed on the tour of America following as part of a side that has won four games on the spin.
New players impress
New players have been integrated into the Red Devils side for matches against LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and Rooney believes the recent additions are already starting to show their value to the side.
“We’ve made some real quality signings and this has been shown in both training and in the games,” he told his website, OfficialWayneRooney.com.
“I’ve already played with Luke Shaw for England so I already know what a top player he is, and him along with the other signings have been really impressive.”
Rooney has also spoken of the joy of working with new manager Louis van Gaal, who’s taken over the reigns at Old Trafford following a season of disappointment in 2013/14.
Van Gaal sessions
David Moyes was tasked with following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, but paid the price for poor results towards the end of the last campaign. Ryan Giggs replaced the Scot, but his lack of experience meant the club looked to replace him - with the job falling to the former Netherlands head coach.
And, it appears that Van Gaal has already made his mark on the likes of Rooney with a mix of both praise and honesty when both are needed.
“The manager has been great. Although we haven’t had long with him, it’s been great up to now and training’s been good. He’s a strong guy and very honest in training; if you are not doing well he will tell you, but if you do well he will praise you,” the Manchester United striker added.
"If you aren’t doing things right in training you need to know so that you can put them right and that’s what he does. He is bringing in a new style of play and wants us all to adapt to that and that’s been enjoyable. It’s been good to see it work in the last couple of friendlies.”
Next season's ambitions
Rooney concluded by looking ahead to the new season, admitting there are wrongs to put right in 2014/15 after the disappointment of missing out on Europe last season.
The 28-year-old has been with the Red Devils for a decade and had experienced almost nothing but highs with the club. But, after the seventh-place finish, he expects the club to be challenging for the title once again.
“I can’t wait for the new season to start. Last season wasn’t the best for us and everybody knows that, but we need to put that right and get Manchester United back up to the top of the table where the club belongs,” he concluded ahead of the 3-1 win against Madrid.
Positive mood in camp
"The preparation up to now has been great and the mood is very positive in the squad.
"We’ve played three friendlies so far and won all of the games, which is always a positive. We’ve also got to see some of the new players in action and they’ve all done well so far. On a personal note I’m happy to have scored a couple of goals in the first couple of games."
Manchester United begin their Premier League campaign at home to Swansea, but have the small matter of Liverpool in their final game on the tour of America tomorrow night.