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Giggs: Louis is perfect fit for United

RYAN GIGGS claims Louis van Gaal will "not be scared" by the challenge awaiting him at Manchester United.

Van Gaal will officially take over as manager at Old Trafford next week after completing duties with Holland at the World Cup.

The Dutchman has been charged with the responsibility of lifting United after a poor last season in which they finished seventh in the Premier League and failed to qualify for Europe.

It was a heavy slump by United after two decades of almost uninterrupted success, but Giggs believes 62-year-old Van Gaal has the track record and perfect character for the task.

The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has underlined his credentials in the past month by guiding Holland to the semi-finals in Brazil.

Giggs, who will be Van Gaal's assistant manager, said: "I think, like everyone would expect, he has got a clear philosophy and he sticks to that philosophy.

"He won't be afraid of taking over Manchester United. He will relish it, he will look forward to it.

"He has been at Bayern, he has been at Barcelona - he has been at huge clubs.

"Obviously Manchester United, in my view, are the biggest.

"He is not scared about the challenge, he is not apprehensive. He can't wait and he has got the experience.

"It won't be easy, it never is. The Premier League is a tough league to win, but that is what we will be trying to do," said Giggs.