Ryan Giggs most likely to take over from Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

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Ryan Giggs will be the man to take over from Louis van Gaal as Manchester United boss if the Dutchman is let go - and not Jose Mourinho.

That's according to the Daily Mail, who say the Special One could be left out in the cold after also missing out on the Real Madrid job following Rafa Benitez's departure yesterday. Former midfielder Zinedine Zidane has been named as his replacement at the Bernabeu.

Mourinho was let go by Chelsea last month after a disastrous start to the Premier League season, and he was subsequently linked with taking charge at Old Trafford from Van Gaal, who oversaw the worst run of December results in the club's history.

However a win against Swansea last weekend, the Red Devils' first in nine, has eased the pressure on Van Gaal and his job is safe for now, but the Mail say that even if the former Barcelona coach was to leave it would be his number two, Giggs, who takes charge and not Mourinho.

The Mail describe the current situation at Old Trafford as 'fluid', with no firm plans over who will be in charge as of next season.

The papers adds that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is keen to see Van Gaal succeed given that his only other appointment at Manchester United was David Moyes, who lasted less than a season.

The Welsh winger took over from Moyes for the final games of the 2013/14 season and was then installed as Van Gaal's assistant, with the aim of taking over from the 64-year-old when he steps down at the end of his three-year contract in 2017.

As it stands, the most likely outcome is Giggs taking over from Van Gaal in the summer, but another slump in form would heap the pressure back on the current Manchester United manager. Mourinho, meanwhile, is currently in limbo and reportedly speaking to Roma, and it appears his chances of remaining in the Premier League are slim as it stands.

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