Ryan Giggs is expected to accept the assistant coach role from Louis Van Gaal once the Dutch Head Coach is formally appointed as the new manager of Manchester United. The 24-year veteran midfielder was reportedly spotted at the Hotel Oranje in Holland, where he supposedly met with Van Gaal who was taking a break from the Netherlands pre-World Cup training camp.
According to reports from the Manchester United camp, after David Moyes’ was sacked for leading the Red Devils to a disappointing season, Van Gaal was lauded as a heavy favorite to land the job at Old Trafford. The Dutchman has a decorated 23-year managerial career, leading Eresdivisie Ajax to the UEFA Champions League title in the 1994-95 season and most recently winning the German Football Manager of the Year in 2010 with Bayern Munich.
Ryan Giggs was named interim manager of the club after Moyes was sacked and went 2-1-1 in the final four matches of the Premier League season. Having only played for Manchester United throughout his career, Giggs has been held in high esteem by fans and board members of the club. He has yet to announce his retirement from his playing career.
During the Old Trafford side’s messy season, Giggs was reported to have disagreed with Moyes’ decisions and conservative tactics. During Giggs’ recent meeting with Van Gaal, he was told by the former Bayern Munich boss that the team will play with a more offensive approach. Given Van Gaal’s selection of young players in the Netherlands’ World Cup squad, it is likely that he might pay more attention to Manchester United’s youth system as well.
Although there are questions as to whether Van Gaal is a long term solution to bringing Manchester United back to the top, Ryan Giggs will definitely benefit from aiding Van Gaal. Several fans hope that Giggs will take this time to groom himself into becoming a manager himself someday.