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Louis van Gaal tips Carrick and Rooney for coaching

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Louis van Gaal believes he has a couple of future managers at Manchester United.

The Manchester United boss has tipped Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney to one day go into coaching on account of their willingness to learn.

Carrick is described as a 'trainer manager' by van Gaal, while Rooney's keenness to improve will stand him in good stead should he decide to go into management when he hangs up his boots.

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As reported by the Daily Mail, van Gaal said: "Wayne Rooney is very open to learning. It's amazing.

"I don't know if he speaks with his wife Coleen about football, I don't think so.

"But we have the process of talking here. Most of my players of my selection are open and that's very nice. Michael Carrick is more or less a trainer-coach. He is also willing to talk about shapes and systems.

"That's nice. Rooney also.

"Not every player is very open and then you have to convince him, and then you get a struggle. It works or it doesn't work. Give them time. Also give me time to do it.

"I am the most flexible manager you can imagine. When the players are coming with good arguments, I change my opinion."

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The United boss has indeed been tactically flexible this season, swapping between formations depending on the personnel available to him.

Rooney in particular has been a victim of van Gaal's tinkering, with the England captain often deployed in a midfield role despite his goalscoring instincts.

Early in the season van Gaal opted for a 3-5-2 formation, and United struggled with their fluency despite a strong preseason.

He has since switched to his more traditional 4-3-3 system, although within that framework he's shuffled his pack with Marouane Fellaini occasionally operating as a second striker.

All his talk of 'philosophy' and 'profile' is clearly rubbing off on some of his players then, as it looks like the United squad has bought into his methodologies even in the face of criticism over the club's style of play this season.

What do you think Manchester United fans? Are you on board with van Gaal's formation and tactics?

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