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Louis van Gaal denies rift with Ryan Giggs

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Louis van Gaal has refuted claims that he and his assistant manager Ryan Giggs have a strained relationship at Manchester United.

Manchester United under performed against Newcastle United in Wednesday's Premier League match, but a cock up from the Magpies defence allowed Ashley Young to score an 89th minute winner.

There should have been unanimous pandemonium on the Manchester United bench, but Giggs refused to celebrate with his superior. The moment was perfectly captured by television cameras and replayed around the world.

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"A suggestion about a poor relationship is wrong"

Irritated

It suggested that Giggs was no longer satisfied with the way his old team-mates are playing and was in no mood to see them pick up what many deem to have been three underserved points. However, Van Gaal has insisted that his relationship with his number two is healthy.

Van Gaal told reporters on Thursday: "I am very irritated with this question.

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"Everybody can see we have a good relationship. We work very hard together me with the players and the staff.

"I am very irritated about this. I am not pleased. A suggestion about a poor relationship is wrong. I am a fact man."

A secret rift

Regardless of Van Gaal's quotes, it is quite clear to everyone that Giggs was not happy at St James' Park. The Welshman is used to seeing his Manchester United side dominate games, but they were lucky to escape with just their fourth away win this season.

Although currently sitting in fourth, many pundits are tipping them to miss out on Champions League qualification. Giggs may be the only one in the Old Trafford staff room to sense it and he is not happy about the way the team is playing.

Time to leave

Giggs is a one-man club, but if he wants to make it in management then it appears Van Gaal is not the man to learn off. Manchester United, while winning, are playing some of the worst football many of their fans will be capable of remembering.

Sir Alex Ferguson would not have accepted the performance last night, and Van Gaal's suggestion that it was their best performance of the season is, quite frankly, laughable. Giggs may be starting to sense that he is not in the right place to refine his management skills and should consider leaving.

What do Manchester United fans think? Would Ryan Giggs really want to be learning how to play football the Louis van Gaal way? Give us your thoughts in the comment box below!

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Ryan Giggs
Premier League
Manchester United
Louis van Gaal

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