Louis van Gaal told Manchester United fans at an event on Wednesday night that Ryan Giggs, his assistant manager, will succeed him at Old Trafford when he leaves the club in 2017.
Van Gaal revealed that he agreed to spend so much of the club's money - up to £58 million, depending on future add-ons - on Anthony Martial because the teenage striker will become a star under the club's next manager.
"Yes I spent a lot of money on Martial," the Independent quoted Van Gaal saying via a fan who attended the event, "but I buy him for my successor… Ryan Giggs."
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This isn't the first time that Van Gaal has tipped the Manchester United legend to replace him at the end of his three-year tenure.
Back in April, the veteran Dutch coach was quoted by the Mirror as saying: “At the moment I have the responsibility as manager and Giggs has tasks he has to perform just like the players and my other coach Albert Stuivenberg.
“But what Giggs has to do for me he does it very well – very well indeed. So I expect he will be the next manager when I go.”
Giggs might not be ready for the top job
Giggs managed Manchester United for four matches after David Moyes was sacked towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign, but never appeared to be a serious contender to land the job on a permanent basis due to his lack of experience.
Shadowing Van Gaal has provided Giggs with invaluable experience over the past 14 months, but whether the former will have any say with regards to who succeeds him at Old Trafford is unclear.
If a top manager, such as Pep Guardiola, is available when Van Gaal leaves, then Giggs may have his work cut out to convince the Manchester United hierarchy that he's the best man for the job - despite his lack of experience as a number one.
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