Manchester United fans waiting for news from yesterday's crunch talks between Ryan Giggs and incoming manager Louis van Gaal will be interested to learn details have emerged of an agreed stance on youth policy, with the Welshman giving his assessment on which youngsters he feels are capable of making the grade at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal met Giggs a short distance from Holland's training camp in Noordwijk yesterday, with a view to discussing the chance to become assistant manager to the veteran coach at United next season.
Giggs took charge of United's final four Premier League games of the season and handed youngsters James Wilson and Tom Lawrence their full debuts in his last home game as boss against Hull, with De Telegraaf reporting that the Welshman pressed the case for keeping those starlets in the first-team setup.
The Red Devils are expected to implement a massive spending spree this summer in search of a dramatic improvement on last season's disasters under David Moyes, and while Van Gaal will spearhead that recruitment drive he is thought to have agreed with Giggs that a more long-term strategy is urgently required.
United have a strong academy and proved that by reaching the final of the Under-21 Premier League tournament for the second successive season last weekend, although they came up short in a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Giggs flew back from his meeting of the minds on the Dutch coast to watch that clash and was treated to a special strike from Lawrence, who curled home the opening goal fter 12 minutes in front of the wing wizard and Paul Scholes.
The potential new United managerial dream team of Van Gaal and Giggs face a delicate balancing act to find the right blend next season, when of course official confirmation on both of their futures does officially come.
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