Man United boss tips icon to become his successor

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has tipped club legend and current assistant manager Ryan Giggs to one day take over the reins at Old Trafford, having been impressed by the Welshman during his first few months at the club, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

Speaking at United’s annual charity dinner, van Gaal was full of praise for Giggs – the guest of honour at the event – singling out his good relationship with the playing staff and his exemplary communication skills in particular, which the Dutchman thinks will stand Giggs in good stead to become a successful manager at Old Trafford in the future.

The former Red Devils winger amassed a club record 963 appearances during his 24-year playing career and is British football’s most decorated player, boasting multiple Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League winners’ medals.

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His appointment as Manchester United’s interim manager at the end of last season following the sacking of David Moyes was a clear sign of Giggs’ interest in undertaking the role on a permanent basis, and although van Gaal was eventually chosen in the summer as the man to lead United, Giggs has enjoyed a strong relationship as the Dutchman’s number two.

The United boss is understood to have closed proceedings at the dinner with his speech, and judging by how highly he spoke of Giggs, the club may not need to look very far for van Gaal’s eventual replacement.

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