Wayne Rooney praised Louis van Gaal in the wake of Manchester United’s FA Cup triumph as reports intensified Jose Mourinho would be appointed the club’s manager next week.
Shortly after the final whistle of United’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace, it was widely reported that Mourinho will be installed as boss at Old Trafford shortly.
This meant that within moments of winning the FA Cup, Van Gaal was forced to stand firm in the face of questions about former Chelsea manager Mourinho replacing him in the coming days.
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Mourinho himself refused to comment when asked by Press Association Sport at ringside ahead of David Haye’s bout in London, but captain Rooney fought his manager’s corner.
“My knowledge about that is nothing at all. That’s a question for Louis Van Gaal,” he said.
“I don’t want to speak about Louis van Gaal leaving. He’s still our manager and I think it’s a bit unfair after we’ve just won the FA Cup to speak about him as if he isn’t here.
“I think he’s a good manager I’m grateful he’s helped us win this FA Cup.”
Defender Daley Blind, meanwhile, also offered his support to the Dutchman.
“It is a great atmosphere and the team is really close. The manager was very happy afterwards, like everybody else,” he said.
“It is the first time I have heard that Jose Mourinho will take over. Do I want Louis van Gaal to stay on as manager? Yes. I just hope the manager stays.”