Wayne Rooney reveals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had never heard of Arsenal hero Marc Overmars

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Mar 2020 2:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares Advertisement Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Rooney during a training session with England (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had never even heard of Marc Overmars when he urged him to watch videos of the iconic Dutchman during a training session with England.Overmars won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Charity Shield across his three seasons with Arsenal and scored 41 goals for the north London giants before completing a move to Barcelona in the summer of 2000. Though Overmars is widely regarded as one of the most talented players in the Gunners’ history, he somehow never appeared on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s radar when the Liverpool star was making his breakthrough in football. Comment Overmars spent three years with the Gunners before joining Barcelona (Picture: Getty)It’s especially surprising considering Oxlade-Chamberlain was playing for Arsenal when he had the training-ground conversation with Rooney.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking to The Times, Rooney explained: ‘I’ve spoken to young players — a lot of the stuff they’re watching is freestylers, skills and they actually don’t watch the right stuff‘I remember speaking to [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain in the England squad. He was at Arsenal. I said to him, “You’re coming to the ball too much; you’ve got your back to play and you’re making it easy for defenders”.‘I told him to come short, run off the ball. I said, “Go and watch Marc Overmars,” and he didn’t know who Marc Overmars was. I was like, “You’re playing out wide for Arsenal, how can you not know Overmars?”‘ Rooney claims Van Gaal is the best tactician he’s played for in his career (Picture: Getty)Rooney says Louis van Gaal is ‘by far the best’ tactician he has ever played under but Sir Alex Ferguson was ‘streets ahead of everyone’ as an overall manager. Asked which manager he’s worked with is the best tactician, Rooney replied: ‘Van Gaal was by far the best.‘Van Gaal was by far the best.’ the ex-United and England captain said.‘Fergie was streets ahead of everyone. He was incredible. ‘It wasn’t complicated. The big thing was he had trust in people. He trusted his coaches to put sessions on, he trusted his players.‘People always ask how were his team talks: a lot of his team talks were just, “You 11 are better than them. Go win the game.”center_img Wayne Rooney reveals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had never heard of Arsenal hero Marc Overmars Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Perrie Edwards are doing self-isolation the right way 💃 pic.twitter.com/v5jCbmk3pq— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) March 15, 2020 ‘Then in the big games his team talks were very good. Before we won the Champions League [final in Moscow against Chelsea, 2008] we had 30, 40 minutes on the poverty in Russia. ‘He talked about how you have 90 to 120 minutes to play a game and after you’ll go back to your big houses, go back to your nice cars — but these people over here are working to survive, to live, provide. ‘For away games he always did the team talk in the hotel before you left and you had time on the coach to think about it. You’re driving in, looking through the window, you got to the stadium and saw the people, the guards, the security with those big Russian hats. It gives you a different way of thinking.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Manchester United told how much they must pay for Odion Ighalo transferMORE: Arsenal urged to complete £45m transfer deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey Advertisementlast_img

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