Wayne Rooney is determined to make a good impression on Louis van Gaal during Manchester United’s tour of the United States.
Van Gaal has been assessing his players since arriving in Los Angeles on Friday night.
The new United boss wants to streamline his squad by the start of the season, and although it would be a huge shock if he decided to dispense with Rooney, the striker still has a lot to prove to the Dutchman.
After a lacklustre World Cup, Rooney will be determined to show he still has what it takes to cut it at the top level, and he will also be trying to stake his claim for the United captaincy, which is vacant following the departures of first Nemanja Vidic and yesterday Patrice Evra.
“We have to go out there and show what we can do and show every day in training what different qualities we have as players and a team,” the United striker said. “Everyone wants to impress a new manager and that’s what we’re aiming to do.”
Rooney added: “The first couple of training sessions have been good and everyone is looking forward to getting the games under way.
“We’ve got a new manager with different ideas — we have to train well and listen to what he wants us to do and take that onto the pitch and show him what we can do.”
Rooney was speaking just hours after Evra left United to join Juventus for a fee that could rise to £1.5 million (€1.8m).
The France international, 33, signed a two-year contract with the Italian champions after ending his eight-and-a-half year stint at Old Trafford.
Evra bids farewell to the Red Devils after nine hugely successful seasons that saw him make 379 appearances and help United win five Premier League titles, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.
He said: “After a great deal of thought I have decided the time is right for me to leave. It is the biggest decision of my career as this club is, and will always remain, in my heart.
“Joining and playing for Manchester United has been a privilege, a dream come true and my time here has been so memorable.
“I would like to thank everyone at the club — team-mates, coaches and in particular all the staff who made every single day in Carrington or at Old Trafford a special day.
“An immense thank you to Sir Alex Ferguson for making it all possible, for giving me the privilege to be a captain, to be inspired by the legend of Manchester United and to understand that nobody is bigger than the club.
“My biggest thanks go to the fans. We have had some fantastic times together, we lifted all of those trophies together and that night in Moscow will live with us all forever.
“My passion for this club will live on and I know you guys will go on to enjoy more success in the coming seasons.”
Meanwhile, Ed Woodward has left United’s tour of the United States for “general business reasons”.
Less than 24 hours after telling United fans new signings would be coming to Old Trafford this summer, the club’s executive vice-chairman decided he would head back to the UK last night.
Woodward left the club’s tour last summer because of what was described as “urgent transfer business”.
But this time, United insist Woodward’s departure from the four-match tour is due to “general business reasons” and is not due to a specific imminent transfer.
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