Louis van Gaal believes that Luke Shaw and Wayne Rooney could have problems later into their careers because of their dads’ shapes, reports have revealed.
As reported by Red News, Van Gaal allegedly told a member of staff at Old Trafford: “Always look at their dads.”
It is unclear if this is a tried and tested method of Van Gaal, but legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson did something similar back in the 1990s.
Sir Alex Ferguson made reference to Teddy Sheringham’s dad’s weight when he signed for the Old Trafford club at the age of 31, and that’s why the Scotsman was willing to sign an older player.
Speaking to the Daily Mail back in 2013, Sheringham revealed: “The manager told me a couple of times he signed me because he looked at my Dad, and he didn’t have any extra weight, so he thought I’d be OK for a few years.”
Sheringham went on to become the oldest player to appear in a Premier League match at 40 years and 272 days old.
Now aged 49, he has just registered himself as a player for Stevenage.
So it appears that this theory does work…