Ryan Giggs is reported to have expressed his surprise and disappointment that he will not be considered for the Manchester United manager’s job on a full-time basis, with Louis van Gaal the overwhelming favourite to succeed David Moyes.
Manchester United placed Giggs in temporary charge following the sacking of Moyes last week and the veteran midfielder led his team to a 4-0 victory over Norwich in his first game at the helm. His appointment would undoubtedly be a popular one, and a winning start has prompted a swell of support.
Sir Alex Ferguson last week offered his backing to Giggs, while former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has expressed a desire to see his friend and ex-colleague assume permanent power. However, Giggs is not reported to be in the running. And, says The Telegraph, the 40-year-old has found this somewhat surprising.
The job remains Van Gaal’s to lose and, barring some sort of catastrophic turn of events at the negotiating table, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is expected to be confirmed as the Manchester United manager in the coming weeks.
Van Gaal takes a pre-World Cup training camp with the Netherlands from May 7, and wants his future confirmed by then in order to focus fully on his current position. The 62-year-old is reported to have been offered a three-year contract with Manchester United, who have also been linked with Carlo Ancelotti.