Ryan Giggs the man to succeed Van Gaal at Manchester United

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Ryan Giggs is a club legend. The most decorated player in football history with 34 trophies, the Welshman holds the most appearances of 963 for Manchester United, during which he won 13 league titles, two European Cups, four FA Cups and three League Cups.

He is a one club man - something of a rarity in modern football. When he took over from David Moyes as caretaker manager at the end of 2014 season, he took it in stride. His four games in charge resulted in two wins, one loss and a draw.

It was refreshing to see that in those four games, United played in the attacking manner stereotypical of the times under Sir Alex Ferguson. The players looked reinvigorated after playing with so much nerves during David Moyes' short but devastating tenure.


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The fans were happy as well. If Giggs had been formally appointed after Moyes, they wouldn't have minded, knowing that Fergie's legacy would continue in the right hands.

The Glazer family and United's board had other ideas, though. They agreed that Giggs was the perfect fit for the job but only in the future - he had too little experience as a manager to take on such a role, with Dutchman Louis van Gaal instead appointed as a means of grooming Giggs and leading the club forward.

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Learning from Ferguson, Moyes and Van Gaal should give Giggs the wealth of experience needed to one day take over. Van Gaal's contract will expire in 2017 and, while there's a chance he could receive an extension, his future ultimately lies on his ability to bring trophies to Old Trafford.

It would appear, though, that regardless of whether Van Gaal earns a contract extension with the Red Devils, he has already pinpointed his successor as the Welshman.

As reported by the Mirror, Van Gaal said: "Yes I spend a lot of money on Martial - but I buy him for my successor, Ryan Giggs."

A short but telling statement, and history suggests that Giggs could indeed fulfil the role given the success of fellow members of the Class of ’92.

Nicky Butt is already Head Coach of Manchester United’s Youth Academy, Gary Neville is a coach of England’s national team and Phil Neville is an assistant manager at Valencia.

And while Giggs has already joined them in management after his playing days, perhaps one day, when the Welshman takes the helm at his beloved club, he might go about reforming some that special class in a bid to steer United back to the top of England's tree.

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