Rooney reacts to van Gaal appointment and Giggs retiring

Manchester United forward addresses the major news surrounding Manchester United today.

Tireless Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is "looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal" after the Dutchman was confirmed as the permanent successor to David Moyes at Old Trafford earlier today, Monday.

In 29 Premier League appearances, Rooney returned a 53% striking accuracy, scoring 17 goals and ten assists. The Englishman also underlined his creative side by providing 56 goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates and his defensive nous by completing 65% of his tackle attempts.

The club were delighted with the appointment in an emotion shared by van Gaal, who told the club's official website: "It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud.

"I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are. This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I'm sure we will make history."

Van Gaal is a league title winner in multiple countries, having claimed the Eredivisie four times, La Liga twice and the Bundesliga, also.

Rooney said: "[It is] great to see van Gaal has been named United manager."

A United statement also confirmed the retirement of long-standing playing servant Giggs, who will be van Gaal's assistant. Rooney said: "Congratulations to Giggs on a special career and becoming assistant. I'm sure he will do a great job."

Giggs enjoyed four games in charge of the Stretford side, winning twice, losing once and drawing once. He oversaw eight goals against three concessions.

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