Van Gaal's a good coach but United fall short: Rooney

ENJOY THE MOMENT: Van Gaal and Rooney celebrate the FA Cup victory even as rumours surface that the manager will be replaced by Mourinho.


    May 23, 2016

    Van Gaal's a good coach but United fall short: Rooney


    WAYNE Rooney admitted Manchester United have fallen short of expectations despite winning the FA Cup, as rumours swirled that Louis van Gaal is set to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

    United manager van Gaal was in defiant mood on Saturday as he celebrated a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace - by parading the FA Cup in front of the media while refusing to discuss the growing possibility he will be sacked in the next few days.

    Just minutes after the final whistle at Wembley signalled United's first trophy in his two-year reign, reports emerged that former Chelsea boss Mourinho was on the verge of agreeing a deal to take charge at Old Trafford.

    It appears the gritty victory over Palace, a success achieved with 10 men after Chris Smalling's red card, will not be enough to save van Gaal.

    Captain Rooney conceded the manager and his players had underachieved this term.

    He refused to directly answer questions about van Gaal's future but the England star did offer a sympathetic view of his manager's perilous situation.

    "My knowledge about that is nothing at all.

    "That's a question for Louis van Gaal," he said.

    "I think he's a good manager. I'm grateful he's helped us win this FA Cup."