Louis van Gaal will get Wayne Rooney back to his best and terrorising defenders again, according to former team-mate Rio Ferdinand, ESPN reports.
Ferdinand, 35, has seen both sides of the talented Manchester United striker: the angry young man and the calmer but less influential elder statesmen in the squad, and is optimistic he is ready to return to his creative best.
Writing in his autobiography #2sides, which is The Sun, Ferdinand said, “He’s still one of the top assist makers in the league … I think under Louis van Gaal we will see the return of the Rooney who terrorises opponents.”
Ferdinand says Rooney has become a calmer player in recent years but witness what he was like as a “very angry young man” during the early days of his career at United.
“He seems to fly into a rage about the smallest thing and went through mobile phones like they were sweets,” Ferdinand said. “He’d smash phones up in frustration, throwing them on the concrete. Other players used to laugh about it.
“I don’t know what happened but he did calm down.”
Rooney scored one and set up another for United on Sunday as they strolled to a 4-0 victory – their first competitive win of the season – against Ferdinand’s Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford.
He has been made captain by Van Gaal but faces stiff competition for places with Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie also fighting for first-choice forward roles.