‘Giggs will be the next Manchester United manager’, claims Van Gaal

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with assistant Ryan Giggs Louis van Gaal has backed club legend Ryan Giggs to succeed him as Manchester United manager.Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances during a glittering 25-year United career, has been Van Gaal’s assistant since the Dutchman took over at Old Trafford last summer.The former midfielder had a spell in temporary charge of the 20-time English champions following David Moyes’ axe last season and Van Gaal believes the Welshman would be the natural choice to take over when the Dutchman departs.“I expect that he [Giggs] will be the next manager after I am gone,” Van Gaal told MUTV.“Now I have the responsibility. He has tasks that he has to perform like the players. What he has to do, for me, he does it very well.”Giggs, 41, won a remarkable 13 Premier League and two Champions League titles throughout his time in a Red Devils shirt and, just last week, Van Gaal spoke of his admiration for the ex-winger, admitting there was a likeness between him and his own former assistant Jose Mourinho.”I have to admit, I could not imagine when I spoke with him in May, that he would work so very hard,” Van Gaal said at a press conference on the eve of United’s defeat to Mourinho’s Chelsea.”As an ex-player, you are not used to working hard. He is a very hard worker.”He reads the game very good, like Jose. But to manage a group you have to learn. What I can see is that he is also learning quickly.”last_img read more