United manager Louis van Gaal has poked fun at his captain Wayne Rooney, stating that it is very difficult to understand what he says with his thick Scouse accent. The England international became England's highest goalscorer ever ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton when he scored a penalty to secure a 2-0 win over Switzerland in the qualifiers for the European Championships in 2016.
However, Van Gaal was otherwise very appreciative of the 30-year-old, stating he is among the best players he has ever worked with during his illustrious career as manager of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The manager will need his man to get back to his prolific ways if he has to challenge for the title this season and also secure a spot in the top four.
Van Gaal told Dutch TV, as quoted by the Mirror, "When I speak, I am well articulated. If you put Wayne Rooney here in the seat, and you start talking to him, do you think people can understand Wayne Rooney? You simply can't understand what he says."
The Red Devils take on Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday, 12 September where a win will keep them in touching distance of Manchester City, who are currently five points ahead. The Dutchman is confident of his team's chances stating that they will emerge the winners when they meet this weekend.
"I am sorry, the defeat [against Swansea], was my fault. Don't worry, we will win on Saturday," Van Gaal was quoted by the Daily Mail. "No [we are not going to win the title], maybe third or second place is realistic but I expect us to go for it next season.
"At Barcelona when the team is losing fans wave their white hankies, Munich fans start whistling, and at Ajax the fans call for the previous manager. Manchester United fans get behind their manager, they get behind their team. That is why United fans are the best in the world."