Louis van Gaal happy to have Ryan Giggs on board
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Ryan Giggs can go on to become an outstanding boss in his own right.
The most decorated player in the club’s history is part of van Gaal’s coaching team, having taken interim charge for the final four games of last season, and was with the new manager when he met the United squad for the first time on Wednesday.
Van Gaal was keen for Giggs’ insight to help him settle in and he told MUTV in his exclusive first interview since arriving: “Everywhere I have been as a coach, I always pick one who knows the club and knows the culture, because I think it’s very important.
“I want to know the culture, so he can show me that. He also knows the best players, the talented boys in the youth system, so he can help me a lot. And I can help him to be a very good manager in the future.”
Van Gaal had already appointed Albert Stuivenberg and Marcel Bout as assistant coaches, plus Frans Hoek as his goalkeeping coach, before arriving at the Aon Training Complex this week. He feels his team’s experience should benefit everyone as they begin to work with the United squad.
“What they bring is knowledge, and modern knowledge, and I think it is an obligation of us to share this knowledge, and that has been asked of us by [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward.”