Manchester United latest: Rooney backs Van Gaal and Kroos deal off

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has backed Louis van Gaal for glory with the Red Devils next season, noting his managerial record as the reason the Netherlands coach can bring success back to Old Trafford.

"I think it is a great appointment," Rooney said. "I think everybody knew for the last few weeks that Louis van Gaal was going to take over and the record he has got around European football is fantastic,” said the No.10.

"He has won a lot of major trophies and it is great that it is sorted out now.”

"It is obviously great that Ryan has stayed with him as his number two. It is exciting and it is going to be an exciting time at the club," Rooney added.

In transfer news, The Guardian report that Louis van Gaal had ended his interest in Toni Kroos, after it had been claimed previously the Red Devils were close to a signing. Bayern are thought to have rebuffed the club's advances.

United legend and coach Paul Scholes has criticized club chief executive Ed Woodward for his handling of the transfer market last summer overseeing David Moyes’ acquisitions.

"Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he's good enough at his job. He has to bring the players in that the new manager wants,” he explained.

"It's obvious that last year he didn't manage to do that. If he doesn't we are not going to get anywhere near the top."

Paul Scholes believes Toni Kroos would be the first player he would bring in at Old Trafford this summer.

"The first player I'd bring in is Toni Kroos," Scholes wrote in his blog for Paddy Power.

"He's a top-class central midfield player but United need five or six to get anywhere near the top of the Premier League again.”

Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez awaits a decision over his future at United imminently but conceded he remains in the dark.

"My future could be decided tomorrow, a little after, inside three months. [I could] stay there [in Manchester], I don't honestly know," said the Mexican international.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail suggests Louis van Gaal’s priority will be to sign defenders this summer with Daryl Janmaat and Bruno Martins named in the frame.

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