Ryan Giggs: Louis van Gaal has been brilliant for me
Ryan Giggs insists Louis van Gaal has been ‘brilliant’ for him.
The Manchester United assistant manager has given an insight into his working relationship with the Dutchman, which has come under such intense scrutiny this week.
Despite rumours of tension between the pair, Giggs went on to praise Van Gaal for the trust he has shown him during their short time together at Old Trafford.
United’s manager was forced to deny speculation of a rift after Giggs was pictured stony-faced at the end of Wednesday’s dramatic 1-0 win against Newcastle.
In an interview recorded with BT Sport before the match, the 41-year-old, spoke enthusiastically of Van Gaal, who gave him a key role in his backroom staff when appointed David Moyes’ successor last summer.
Giggs said: “We’re getting on really well. We have done since the day we met. He’s been brilliant for me. I’m learning all the time.
“The trust that he gives his staff is brilliant and I think everyone who is not used to working with him has enjoyed the different things that he’s brought.
“It’s been interesting for me. Obviously a little bit different from the way that I’ve worked in the past, but I’m really enjoying it.”
There have been growing rumours that Giggs has become frustrated with Van Gaal’s methods.
United’s possession game under the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is at odds with the attacking traditions of Sir Alex Ferguson, which saw Giggs become English football’s most decorated player.
His reaction to Ashley Young’s late winner at St James’ Park - when Van Gaal opted to leave Radamel Falcao on the bench as United went in search of a goal - did little to dispel suggestions of his disquiet.
Revealing one of his roles as part of Van Gaal’s coaching set up, Giggs added: “I’m trying to give him that feeling of what the Premier League is like.
“What going away to certain games is like. The history against these teams, what’s happened in the past and what can we improve on.
“It’s been a really good relationship.”
Giggs comments support those of Van Gaal on Thursday, when the 63-year-old was angered by the very suggestion of a rift.
“I’m very irritated because of this question,” he said. “Everybody can see that we have a very good relationship.
“We work very hard together, not only Ryan, but with all the staff and the players.
“It’s a way of suggesting things. Then I am very irritated and I take my message against the media.”
“I’m not pleased.”