Louis van Gaal has made an incredible statement regarding his Manchester United number two Ryan Giggs, comparing the way the Welshman reads the game to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Van Gaal asked Giggs to become his assistant shortly after taking over the reigns at Old Trafford and it appears from the results this season that the pair work well together. It’s Giggs’ first non-playing role in football after retiring at the back end of last season, and Van Gaal has sung high praise indeed over how the Old Trafford hero has adapted to life as a coach.
As relayed by the Daily Express the Dutchman not only commended his assistant on his extremely high work ethic, but also stated that he read the game like Mourinho, who of course Van Gaal himself worked with during his time in charge of Barcelona.
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Giggs and Mourinho
“It’s always difficult to compare people because Jose Mourinho was not the world-class player that Ryan Giggs was," Van Gaal said.
“It was the same thing with me. I was not world-class as a player like Johann Cruyff, for example, yet our [his and Mourinho’s] ambition [as managers] is maybe then higher because of that.
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“But I have to admit that I could not imagine when I asked Ryan to be my assistant manager last May how hard he would work.
“As an ex-player you are not used to working very hard and he is a very hard worker, and he reads the game very well like Jose.
“But to manage a group you have to work and from what I can see is that he’s learning quickly.”
Those are extraordinary words considering the career that Mourinho has forged in professional management, and it’s no coincidence that Giggs is being tipped to follow a similar path with regards to eventually becoming the main man in a dugout, not just the number two.
He’s an obvious candidate for the hot-seat at Old Trafford in the future but is extremely lacking in experience and so a move away to build his management portfolio could well be on the cards in the near future.
Only this morning did fellow ‘Class of ‘92’ graduate Paul Scholes tip his former teammate to one day become manager of United and, judging from his relationship with the fans, Giggs would already have an advantage afforded to few other hopefuls for one of the biggest jobs in football.
On top of that in Van Gaal he has a mentor who is perfectly tailored to showing him the ropes at the highest level. The 63-year-old’s wisdom in the game is world-renown and there are very few things he can’t boast to having done.
As a result he can provide Giggs with the necessary first steps, perhaps offering him a platform to then go to another club and perform in a manner that will set him on the road to a job he seems destined to one day take.
Comparisons with Mourinho might be a little far-fetched at this early stage but there’s no questioning the amount of support Giggs has in relation to his claim for the United throne. Van Gaal seems to be yet another admirer to add to the bill, and what better admirer to have than the man currently in the role in question?
United fans, will Giggs eventually become your manager? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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