Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs will become Louis van Gaal’s assistant after the Dutch coach chose the Welshman over Patrick Kluivert, who will not be coming to Old Trafford. Video analyst Max Reckers and goalkeeper coach Frans Hoek will, however, be part of Van Gaal’s newly-formed backroom staff.
This is information obtained by De Telegraaf after Giggs travelled to Dutch town Noordwijk on Wednesday for a face-to-face meeting with former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach Van Gaal, who will be confirmed as the club’s new permanent manager within the next 48 hours.
The vastly-experienced 62-year-old will begin work with the 20-time English champions after his Netherlands side are eliminated from this summer’s World Cup finals - which could be as late as July 13.
There has been pressure on Van Gaal to include Giggs - and other members of the famed ‘Class of ’92’ - in his coaching setup at Old Trafford. But it seems likely that Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt will all leave the club this summer, leaving current interim-manager Giggs as the only existing member of that iconic group of players to retain a position with the Red Devils under Van Gaal’s management.
While Manchester United wait for Van Gaal to arrive, following this summer’s showpiece international tournament in Brazil, work is already underway on secure the services of new recruits.
It’s believed Southampton and England left-back Luke Shaw could be first through the door - the 18-year-old has reportedly told pals at St Mary’s that he will be joining the Premier League giants this summer.
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