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Wayne Rooney reveals he’s not keen on Louis van Gaal

| 01.05.2014

The hunt for a new Manchester United manager has taken an unexpected twist after star striker Wayne Rooney let his feelings be known about one of the primary targets for the role.

According to recent reports, Rooney has urged Old Trafford bosses not to appoint 1/5 firm favourite Louis van Gaal amid concerns about the Dutchman’s managerial style.

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has been heavily tipped to replace David Moyes after leading Holland’s challenge for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Some sources suggest the Dutchman will be in place as early as May 4th and claim a shopping list of new players has already been submitted by Van Gaal to the United hierarchy.

However, Rooney’s influence at the club has grown in recent years, with many claiming the signing of Juan Mata was carried out in part to appease the England man’s fears about squad competitiveness.

And, should Rooney’s disliking of Van Gaal’s hard-line approach to management strike a note with the board, then Ryan Giggs looks the most likely to grace the dugout next season.

The Welshman has been put in temporary charge and did his chances of landing the gig permanently no harm by masterminding the convincing 4-0 win over Norwich last time out.

Giggs is the second favourite to land the role at 5/1 but with United said to be seeking an experienced operator ringing endorsements from the likes of Rooney and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard might fall on deaf ears.

However, with the chasing pack of Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti all considered long shots at 20/1 alternatives to the Welshman appear thin on the ground.

United take on Sunderland this weekend as 1/3 favourites for the win and with Rooney’s concerns about Van Gaal now documented another convincing performance from the Red Devils could see Giggs’ stock continue to rise.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.