United have scored six goals in their last two games in all competitions and their performance against Stoke on Tuesday night, arguably the best attacking display they’ve produced under Van Gaal, prompted Rooney to claim a different approach was the reason behind United’s new-found scoring form.
“I’m not agreeing with the remark of Wayne Rooney when he said that,” he said. “It’s only because they have more confidence.
“It is especially so with Wayne Rooney, who is saying that because he has scored seven goals in a row.
“Then he can say that he is playing with more freedom, because he has more confidence.”
The Dutchman insisted nothing had changed and his team continued to train and play exactly as they’ve done all season.
“You want to write that it’s because he [Rooney] gets another training session in another style or because Louis van Gaal gives more freedom? No, it’s still the same,” said Van Gaal.
“We train still the same, in the same way. It’s not because of a change of attitude from Mr Louis van Gaal or another way of training.
“No, I’m sorry to say that. We are always working hard and very professionally in the philosophy of Louis van Gaal. That is also the same for Jesse Lingard.”