Van Gaal took a leap of faith with Giggs over the summer, granting his request to be the assistant manager at Old Trafford. Now the Dutchman wants to be repaid and is asking the Welshman to do his best to make sure Bale is convinced over a move to Old Trafford next summer.
Reports in Spain claim that Real Madrid are preparing to cash in on Bale for around £90 million. The 25-year-old has flourished at the Bernabeu but Carlo Ancelotti is struggling to fit him, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez into a working formation.
Having signed him for £86 million in 2013, Florentino Perez knows he can cash in on the star now and make a small profit. However, there is no suggestions that the player himself wants to leave the Spanish capital.
That is where Giggs is likely to step in. A Wales legend himself, Giggs may hold enough influence over Bale to convince him that a move to Manchester United may not need to be a step back.
Bale could also be in for a pay rise should he agree to move to Old Trafford. The Welshman has seemingly fallen away from Galactico status at Real Madrid, which usually comes with a £300,000-a-week wage packet.
Ronaldo hopes over
Manchester United's plans to sign Bale next summer is further evidence that their attempts to lure Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club have finished. While Ronaldo seemed discontent earlier this season, it has quickly become apparent that the sheer cost of bringing the Ballon d'Or holder back is out of Manchester United's reach.