Van Gaal backs Giggs as next Man Utd manager

Louis van Gaal believes Ryan Giggs is the right man to take over as Manchester United manager when the Dutchman leaves Old Trafford, ESPN has reported.

Giggs is currently van Gaal’s assistant, having taken caretaker charge at the end of last season when David Moyes was sacked. The former Wales international oversaw four games, winning two, drawing one and losing one before he was appointed as part of van Gaal’s backroom team.

“When] this van Gaal is over, [Giggs] is the man [to replace me],” van Gaal said. “I have seen a lot of trainees and I have thought that Ryan Giggs is a trainee but he isn’t a trainee, he is an exception.

“I am very happy with him because he has showed already that he can communicate with the group in front of him,” the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss continued. “And I have seen that he can explain what is the issue of the training session. And he can say it in a different way, which is a miracle because not so many ex-players can do that.

“But not only that, Ryan, you are in my opinion a very nice guy and that’s for me the most important thing. He is so modest, so normal, and he is such a great star.”

Van Gaal made the comments at a charity dinner in honour of Giggs, who made 963 appearances as a player for United, his only club. Giggs scored 168 goals for United and won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues.

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