Louis van Gaal was in brilliant form at Manchester United’s end-of-season awards ceremony, stealing the limelight from Player of the Year David de Gea with a memorable speech, possibly brought on after having a few too many glasses of red.
His extraordinary six-minute speech instantly went viral on Tuesday night - as did another comical incident earlier in the evening, when he gave his assistant manager Ryan Giggs a cheeky slap around the back of the head.
Van Gaal and Giggs were bidding for a round of golf with former United striker Dwight Yorke when the latter raised his hand at the last second to continue the auction. This prompted the ultra-competitive Van Gaal to raise his right hand and strike Giggs, who fortunately saw the funny side. (Scroll down to see the footage).
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Van Gaal, needless to say, ended up winning the bidding war, according to several journalists in attendance at the venue.
This isn’t the first time that Van Gaal’s heavy-handedness towards Giggs has been captured on film. Back in March, after Ashley Young’s late winning goal against Newcastle United, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss celebrated by putting his clenched fist up to Giggs’ face.
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Van Gaal and Giggs have great relationship
This sparked rumours that the two men did not see eye-to-eye, but these stories proved to be very wide of the mark.
The truth is Van Gaal has been hugely impressed by Giggs since teaming up together last summer, and has said on a couple of occasions that he expects the former Wales international to become the manager of Manchester United in the future.
Giggs temporarily managed the Red Devils at the end of the 2013-14 campaign following the dismissal of David Moyes.
He won two of his four matches in charge of the Premier League giants and enjoyed the challenges that come with managing one of the world’s biggest football clubs, but was overlooked for the full-time vacancy in favour of Van Gaal, who linked up with his players following the conclusion of last summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
Van Gaal's achieves pre-season objective
Van Gaal, despite some unconvincing moments during the season, has managed to achieve his primary objective of helping Manchester United secure a top-four finish.
He will now be expected to further strengthen his squad when the transfer window re-opens, in order to give United the best possible chance of ending next season with silverware.
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