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Man United boss Van Gaal: Rooney boosted by goals

Louis van Gaal believes Wayne Rooney's confidence will be boosted by his brace against Sunderland on Saturday.

The striker scored from the spot, before heading in a second to complete the win for Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney got two. Credit: Pa

"Everyone needs confidence, when you score two goals it will lift your confidence," the United manager said.

"I am happy he scored twice."


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Man United keeper hits out at lies about Van Gaal row

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has dismissed speculation he has fallen out with manager Louis van Gaal.

De Gea says the rumours are all lies. Credit: PA

One report in Spain this week claimed De Gea had not spoken to the United boss in "a few months".

But De Gea rejected that notion out of hand during an interview with MUTV on Friday.

Everything that has been written in the press about us not getting on is a lie.

We both want the best for the club and the team, and the stories are complete lies.

– Man United goalkeeper David De Gea

Coach leaves Man United for Scotland job

Brian McClair is ending a 25-year spell at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

Former Scotland striker Brian McClair is leaving Manchester United to become the Scottish Football Association's performance director.

The 51-year-old will succeed Mark Wotte from June 1 after ending a 25-year spell at Old Trafford that culminated in his current role as director of the youth academy.

An SFA statement read: "He was identified unanimously as preferred candidate during a recruitment process which involved the current Scotland national coach, Gordon Strachan, previous national coaches Walter Smith and Andy Roxburgh, as well as the Scottish FA's chief executive, Stewart Regan."


De Bruyne eyes move to 'big European club' as Man Utd wait in wings

Kevin De Bruyne. Credit: Marius Becker/DPA/PA

Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has put reported suitors Manchester United on red alert after saying he plans to one day leave the German outfit for a "big European club".

"My biggest ambition is to come out for a big European club," the Belgian international, 23, admitted. "One I can win trophies with. As much trophies as possible."

Man Utd have been linked with a £30m summer move for the former Chelsea man, who has been in superb form this season.

Nani open to Man Utd return saying he loves the club

Nani has been in form for Sporting Lisbon. Credit: PA

Nani has opened the door to a possible return to Manchester United after admitting he still "loves" the club and is in regular contact with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The winger revealed Woodward has been in touch to congratulate him on his good form at Sporting Lisbon and the midfielder appears open to the possibility of staying at United once his loan at Sporting expires.

I love Manchester United. The only decision I made (last summer) was to play more and be me again, because I lost a lot of things there last season due to injuries and the change of manager.

You never know the future, it depends on a lot of things. If United want me to stay then with a different mentality I think we can work well next season but there are a lot of things to discuss and see.

– Nani speaking to the Guardian.
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