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Rooney: Give Giggs the job

Wayne Rooney has backed Ryan Giggs as the right man to be installed as Manchester United's permanent manager after firing the team to a 4-0 win over Norwich yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Rooney, who scored twice at Old Trafford to give Giggs a victory in his first game as interim boss following David Moyes' sacking last Tuesday, insists the 40-year-old Welshman's lack of managerial experience is not a shortcoming.

Giggs' decision to make six changes to the team beaten 2-0 at Everton in Moyes' last match seemed to revitalise United and Rooney feels there's no need to look too far.

Holland coach Louis van Gaal, who is out of contract after the World Cup in the summer, is reportedly the front-runner among the coaches being considered for the United post.

Said Rooney: "It was strange but we know he's a really experienced player and he's built to be a manager.

"We can see that as players, we can see how he's handled himself since he took over.

"Giggsy has got all the credentials to be the next boss, but that decision is down to the board."

Rooney's views were shared by former England striker Gary Lineker. The TV pundit pointed to the impact made after Giggs sent in Juan Mata, who scored just three minutes after coming on.

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Lineker tweeted: "Giggs is a natural! His first substitution scores within minutes. Give him the job now."

But, Giggs didn't want to talk about taking the job permanently.

"Honestly, I'm just looking forward to Sunderland now," he said, referring to their next game, at home against the Black Cats, on Saturday.

"I'm not looking further than that."

Giggs, who said "leaving players out" made him unable to sleep the night before, praised Mata, saying: "He was disappointed (to be on the bench), but I expected that. It would be strange if he wasn't.

"He just showed that class he's got, both as a player and as a professional.

"He put on a half-hour masterclass, he was brilliant and I was really happy for him." - Wire Services.