Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told The Telegraph that Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney discuss tactics with him.
Both Carrick and Rooney are senior members of the United team, and it seems that their input is valuable to the Dutchman.
“He’s (Rooney) very open to learn,” Van Gaal told The Telegraph. “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.
“Carrick is more or less a trainer-coach. He is also willing to talk about shapes and systems. That’s nice. Rooney also.”
Van Gaal has deployed a number of formations this season, and there are suspicions that he is still going to tinker.
But it seems that the Dutchman is not as stubborn in his decisions as he is often made out to be.
Taking the suggestions of Carrick and Rooney is a sign that Van Gaal is open to new ideas and doing what the players feel best.
After all, it is the players who go out onto the pitch, and they need to be comfortable with the tactics and strategy of the manager.
Carrick is one of the more underrated players in the United squad, but Van Gaal’s revelation proves just how much he gives to the team.