Rooney: Van Gaal gave us more freedom for Derby win

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was delighted with their performance for victory at FA Cup opponents Derby County.

The Reds produced a much-improved performance to win 3-1 away to get through to the FA Cup fifth round.

Rooney, who stylishly scored the first goal, confirmed suspicions that the Dutchman had at least partially abandoned his philosophy in pursuit of entertainment.

“The manager gave us a lot of freedom to go and play and I think you can see the difference in the team,” he said.

“You can see we were enjoying it, scoring some good goals and thoroughly deserved to win so hopefully we can put in another performance like this against Stoke on Tuesday.”

More latest news