Louis van Gaal believes Ryan Giggs could succeed him as the new Manchester United manager when he eventually leaves Old Trafford.
Giggs took charge of the Red Devils on an interim basis during the final weeks of last season, following the dismissal of David Moyes, and was keen to secure the job on a full-time basis.
Van Gaal speaks at charity dinner
Manchester United decided they required a coach with more experience and subsequently named Van Gaal as their new manager. But Van Gaal, speaking at an annual charity dinner at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, told the audience that Giggs possesses all of the required qualities to become the club’s new permanent boss.
The veteran Dutch coach also reassured fans that the future is bright, despite a concerning start to the 2014/15 campaign.
A source told Sportsmail: ‘It was an extremely confident speech and the fans present were lifted by his words. He spoke positively about Giggs, who he described as having all the capabilities to be the club’s next manager and said he is "learning all the time".'
Giggs: United legend
Giggs brought an end to his 23-year player career at the end of last season in order to become Van Gaal’s assistant manager.
The retired Wales international is an undisputed Manchester United legend, having made more appearances (963) than anyone else in the club’s history, while winning a host of major honours in the process.
Van Gaal, 63, is contracted to Old Trafford until 2017. Whether he stays for longer could ultimately depend on two things: his record as Manchester United manager, and his health.
Will United take the gamble?
It would be a huge gamble for United to hand Giggs the manager’s job on a full-time basis because of his lack of experience as a number one.
However, there are few people that know Manchester United better than Ryan Giggs, who arrived Old Trafford at the tender age of 14 back in 1987.
A number of other top coaches would challenge Giggs for the vacancy should Van Gaal decide to leave the club in three years’ time.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola have both been linked with the job in past seasons, while Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho also harbours ambitions to manage the Red Devils, according to widespread rumours.
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