Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal confident players can hit the ground running

Wayne Rooney holds aloft the trophy
Wayne Rooney holds aloft the trophy

Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United are primed to start the season with a bang after their near-perfect tour of the United States.

When Van Gaal retires, winning the International Champions Cup will not rank among his greatest achievements.

The Dutchman already has 16 winner’s medals of greater prestige, but the importance of winning this money-spinning pre-season tournament cannot be discounted.

Van Gaal’s team won the final of the eight-team competition in the early hours of yesterday morning when they beat Liverpool 3-1 thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

United beat Roma, Inter Milan (on penalties after a 0-0 draw) and Real Madrid en route to the final so Van Gaal is in an optimistic mood ahead of his first season in the Barclays Premier League.

“This will give us momentum, for sure,” the United manager said.

“It’s always better to win. First we beat Roma, then we beat Inter Milan with penalties but we were much better, then we beat Madrid and then we had a test against a Premier League team.”

Steven Gerrard’s penalty gave Liverpool the lead at a rain-soaked Sun Life Stadium, but United with scond half replies from Rooney, Mata and Lingard.

Afterwards Van Gaal singled out Rooney, who was named player of the tournament for scoring three goals, for praise.

“He was always a man who is a winner,” Van Gaal said.

“He deserved (to be player of the tournament) because he scored a lot of goals and gave a lot of assists.”