Giggs dismisses van Gaal rift talk

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has denied that there is a rift between himself and manager Louis van Gaal after rumours surfaced that they had a difficult working relationship, writes Sky Sports.

The suggestions emerged when the former Wales international provided little in the way of a celebration following Ashley Young’s winning goal during the closing stages of Wednesday’s Premier League game away to Newcastle United, while van Gaal was considerably more animated.

Giggs was appointed assistant manager when van Gaal took charge in the summer, having taken control of the first-team for the final four games of last season in the aftermath of the sacking of David Moyes. May 2014 also saw his retirement from playing after representing the club for 23 years and becoming their highest appearance maker.

And ahead of the FA Cup quarter-final with rivals Arsenal on Monday evening, Giggs insisted that there was no problem with van Gaal, praising the managerial abilities of the experienced Dutchman. He said: “It’s coming to that part of the season where the media will look at any little thing to make it more exciting and more interesting.

“Me and Louis have a great working relationship. He’s given me a massive opportunity and I’m taking it. I’m working as hard as I can and I’m enjoying every minute of it.”

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