Ryan Giggs opens up about his disagreements with Louis van Gaal

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Being an assistant manager at Manchester United was supposed to give Ryan Giggs to perfect insight into becoming a manager.

The Welshman hung up his playing boots at Old Trafford and worked alongside one of the most respected managers in world football for two years in Louis van Gaal.

However, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Giggs and Van Gaal at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Red Devils finished fourth in Van Gaal’s debut campaign and fifth last season - although they did win the FA Cup - before the Dutchman was eventually sacked.

Being associated with two disappointing seasons at Old Trafford may have damaged Giggs’ reputation as he now attempts to get himself into management.

But it seems as though Giggs didn’t always agree with some of the decisions that Van Gaal made during his two years in charge.

In an interview with Sky, Giggs has revealed how he used to confront Van Gaal if he felt the manager was making a mistake.

"It's not about biting your lip,” he said.

"And it wasn't just me, there were other coaches. You put your point across. Sometimes Louis would go with it and sometimes he wouldn't.

"He was the manager, he was the boss, and once Louis made that decision, you went with it, even if you didn't necessarily agree with it.

"As an assistant, it can be frustrating at times but also it's a great job to have because ultimately the pressure isn't on you.

"It was different in a lot of respects to what I'd been used to under Sir Alex for so long but I learned how to set up a team and different coaching sessions. Like anything, there were bits that you would take and bits that you wouldn't."

After Jose Mourinho arrived and brought in his trusted right-hand man, Rui Faria, Giggs left United and set out to become a manager. However, he is still on the look-out for his first job but has admitted he’s open to dropping down to League One to start his career.

“I'd be happy with a good job in the Championship because you've got to be open to anything – Premier League, Championship, League One,” said Giggs.

“The main thing is that the club you join have your beliefs that they believe in youth and are run the right way.

“And I believe they shouldn't just interview you ,you should interview them.

"Six months down the line you don't want to be saying 'this is what I wanted, you agreed to it and now you aren't doing it'.

“So as long as club is right for you and them for you it doesn't matter whether its Premier League or lower League.”

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