There has been various reportage and debate on whether the new United boss would get on with the club's highest paid player.
However the video above shows that Rooney could still hold a place in van Gaal's heart, after the pair shared a very warm embrace during a training season ahead of their pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy.
The clip shot by a fan at United's open training season shows Rooney curling in a near-post corner, which is fumbled just wide of the goal by a goalkeeper, whom of which is not very clear.
The manager appearing delighted, turns to Rooney arms aloft and gives him a big hug, much to the satisfaction of the cheering crowd.
Van Gaal walks off acknowledging the crowd with a wave, whilst Rooney looking slightly embarrassed goes to line up another corner.