Louis van Gaal has predicted that Ryan Giggs will be the man to succeed him when the Dutchman steps down as Manchester United manager in 2017, according to the Metro.
“Ryan is a hard worker and that is special as ex-players are not mostly hard workers because everything is prepared for players,” he said.
“He reads the game very well and is also learning now the training methods and being in front of the group to explain things.
“He can at the end be a manager, he can succeed me,” he insisted.
Should the former Wales international get the job, it will be the second time that he has been tasked with leading the Red Devils from the dugout, having filled in as interim coach when David Moyes’ tenure ended in 2014.
And while he worked as part of the coaching staff, even before he called time on his playing career, under the former Everton boss, it is likely that working under van Gaal will be the perfect education, given the Dutchman’s experience.
As well as managing some of the biggest sides in Europe, including Bayern Munich and Barcelona, van Gaal has taken the Netherlands to the World Cup.
However, van Gaal’s prediction may come to fruition a lot sooner if he is unable to build on a solid first year at Old Trafford.