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Louis Van Gaal Appointing Ryan Giggs As No. 2 Will Pave Way For Future At Manchester United

ryan giggs1 Louis Van Gaal Appointing Ryan Giggs As No. 2 Will Pave Way For Future At Manchester United

As Louis Van Gaal begins to poke his way around Manchester, he will have the best assistance that could be offered. According to published reports, Ryan Giggs will take a role as Van Gaal’s number two while the Dutch head coach fills out his prospective coaching staff at Old Trafford.

Giggs offers a degree of continuity and continues the “spirit of 99,” United’s treble winning side, around the club. As assistant manager, he can serve as an effective go-between with the players and the new regime. Many of these players have been mentored by Giggs while others simply will be comfortable with him as a former peer. This should make the Van Gaal transition smoother than it might be otherwise.

A question exists though if Giggs is ultimately the successor to Van Gaal whose tenure at United is by logic destined to be a short one. The 62 year-old manager has never survived in management outside his native Holland for more than three seasons at a time. Furthermore, it seems his appointment is about achieving a quick return to Champions League football, not necessarily building a long-term foundation for the club.

The long game and perspective on the future might have to come from Giggs. As the resident United lifer on the staff, he will need to give his input about younger players and keep the focus on returning the Red Devils to top of English football on a permanent basis.

The prospective appointment of Giggs is a very good move and also shows if it comes to fruition the confidence Van Gaal has in his own abilities to place Giggs in such a visible and responsible position.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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6 Responses to Louis Van Gaal Appointing Ryan Giggs As No. 2 Will Pave Way For Future At Manchester United

  1. Tony Butterworth says:

    Van Gaal is known in the game for his use of youth development and promoting young players so I don’t think he needs Giggs for that.

  2. Straight_Spurs says:

    He is someone that had an affair with his brother’s wife. He cant be trusted he is a disgrace.

  3. Smokey Bacon says:

    I wish them well but I can’t see it working out. Van Gaal will want total control and will probably isolate Giggs.

  4. Ken says:

    This is great news. Fergie’s mole in the camp to disrupt things. Can’t United see this is exactly why Moyes failed. Oh well good news for the rest of the Prem.

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