Van Gaal has revealed his surprise at the leadership and professionalism Wayne Rooney has shown.
Wayne Rooney’s form has been criticised at the start of the season, but the England captain made it eight goals for both club and country, after scoring against his former side, Everton in United’s 3-0 win.
Van Gaal heaped praise on Rooney and emphasised that his captain led the way for everyone at United.
“I think he is an example for everybody,” he said.
“Not only for his fellow players, but also for other players from other clubs and also for the manager because he is a very social human being and he has a professional attitude.
“And I could not imagine that when I was the coach of the Dutch national team before I came to United.
“I had heard other things but he has shown a fantastic attitude and I am very happy that he scored.”
United take on CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday before a meeting with rivals City four days later.