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Manchester United latest: Rooney “struggling”; Van Gaal gets more backing

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Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs has admitted that striker Wayne Rooney is likely to miss his side’s clash against Hull City on Tuesday.

The England international sat out the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday due to illness and injury, and now looks set to be out of the matchday squad for their final home game of the season against the Tigers.

‘Wayne is probably struggling for the game’, Giggs told MUTV. ‘He's not quite recovered. We'll continue to monitor him’.

Giggs has also confirmed that defender Jonny Evans will not recover from his injury before the end of the season, but is hopeful that Rafael da Silva will play some part in the Red Devils’ final two matches of the 2013-14 campaign.

The former Wales international winger is likely to be replaced by Louis van Gaal as the United manager in the summer, and former Netherlands international Bryan Roy has backed his compatriot to succeed at Old Trafford.

‘If there is one manager who can do the Manchester United job - he can’, he told Sky Sports. ‘He knows how to create young players and win games against big teams. With his tactical mind and the way he thinks about football, the Premier League is going to have a very difficult time playing against Man United next season’.

United legend and former England international Bryan Robson has also given his backing to the appointment of the 62-year-old Dutchman, but claims that Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt must all be retained as part of his backroom staff.

‘I think it would be very disappointing for those lads not to be kept on, in whatever role, as they are part of Manchester United’, he told MUTV. ‘The fans would be very disappointed if they don't have a future in the club’.

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