Wayne Rooney has praised the impact that new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has had on the team already.
Van Gaal only took over at United last month after a guiding Holland to a third place finish at the World Cup, but he has wasted no time stamping his authority on the team.
The Dutchman has implemented a new formation – a 3-4-1-2 – on the team, and has got them playing some fluid football during their pre-season tour of America so far and Rooney says that he has already been impressed by the new boss.
“The manager has been great,” the striker said to his own official website.
“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.
“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.”
United are currently in America playing in the International Champions Cup, where they will take on Liverpool in the final tonight.
They have gone through their group-stage matches – against Inter Milan, Roma and Real Madrid – unbeaten and are now seeking to beat their Premier League rivals to win their first piece of silverware this season.
They will be hoping it is the first trophy of many that they will be able to add to a cabinet that was unusually not added to last campaign.
United had been the standard-bearers in English football for a considerable amount of time with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge, but his departure last year had a far bigger impact than anyone around Old Trafford was expecting.
The Red Devils appointment of David Moyes was ultimately a failure – as he struggled to replace the long-standing Scot – and their form slumped, seeing them drop to a lowly seventh place finish in England’s top flight.
However, the signs are that they are on the up again this year and under the experienced van Gaal, they are expected to be back competing at the right end of the table once again.