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Rooney pushing to start Van Gaal's first United game

ESPN staff
July 23, 2014
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Wayne Rooney is desperate to be involved in Louis van Gaal's first game in charge of Manchester United, according to assistant manager Ryan Giggs.

United take on Los Angeles Galaxy at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Wednesday night, with Rooney teaming up with the squad following England's disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil.

And Giggs, who has begun his role as Van Gaal's No.2 following four games in charge of United at the end of the last season, revealed the 28-year-old is keen to be a key player in the new United era.

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"Wayne looks really good," Giggs said. "Actually all of the World Cup lads have come back looking really sharp. Everyone will be involved in the first game.

"The World Cup boys are a bit behind in terms of their fitness, with the other lads who have been back 10 days or so, but no, Wayne looks good, along with the rest of the lads.

"He really wants to play."

Van Gaal will use the US tour, which he has made clear he is not happy about, to assess United's players before making decisions on their futures. He will also make a decision then about who will be his new captain.

Giggs added: "The players are trying to impress in training and they'll be trying to impress in the game against LA Galaxy.

"That's definitely the case when a new manager comes in. You want to be on that team-sheet for that first game of the season against Swansea, so you do everything you can to do that.

"It always matters who the captain is. It's a tremendous honour. Not many people get to captain Manchester United, so whoever it will be, it will be a tremendous honour.

"It's one of the things we discussed first when I met Louis. Obviously, with the leaving of the experienced players, it's one of the decisions we are prioritising.

"The decision hasn't been made yet. Louis is still getting to know the players. He's still trying to see their qualities.

"Like I said, about the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans, maybe a player like that will thrive from it, take charge and come out of their shell."

United were joined at their California training camp by Patrice Evra, who earlier this week signed for Juventus, and David Beckham, once a player of both United and the Galaxy.

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