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Rory McIlroy still can't resist football as he puts his (newly-healed) boot into United's Van Gaal

By Laura Abernethy

You'd think Rory McIlroy would have stayed well clear of the subject of football after having his season ruined by an ankle injury sustained in an ill-advised kickabout with pals.

But now our multi-Major winning golfer has taken a swipe at the manager of his favourite club.

Northern Ireland's superstar of the fairways, a lifelong fan of Manchester United, says he is "not convinced" by Dutchman Louis van Gaal's handling of the Red Devils.

United currently sit fifth in the Premier League, five points behind close neighbours and current leaders Manchester City.

Speaking at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, McIlroy said: "I am not convinced that Louis Van Gaal is the right man to lead us."

Holywood native McIlroy has followed the Red Devils all his life as his mum Rosie's side of the family are all United supporters. But it's dad Gerry's team City who are leading the way now.

"Everyone's dropping points and it looks like City will run away with it," said McIlroy, who added that he hasn't given up all hope on United.

"I think the signings he's (Louis van Gaal) has made will come good in time. At least we're back in Europe. Rooney did well for England at the weekend there and hopefully that will give him some confidence for the domestic season. Hopefully a top four finish is likely but we'll see."

Rival Liverpool fans booed McIlroy during his Open acceptance speech at Royal Liverpool in 2014 after he joked: "Even though I'm a United fan standing here, I still appreciate the great support."

After his win, he took the Claret Jug to Old Trafford and paraded it around the pitch at half-time.

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