Ryan Giggs (below) has given a glowing assessment of the man who is likely to pip him to his dream job.
There is growing support inside the dressing room and from the club's fan base for Giggs to be handed the Manchester United job on a full-time basis.
United are set to appoint Louis van Gaal instead, though, as the Holland coach has far more experience than the Welshman, who is yet to complete his UEFA Pro Licence exams.
Giggs has come up against Van Gaal's teams on three occasions – in 1998 when the 62-year-old was in charge of Barcelona – and four years ago when United bowed out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich over two legs.
Giggs had nothing but warm words for Van Gaal when asked about his potential successor.
"He has a brilliant reputation," the United interim boss said. "He is a successful manager in different countries. Obviously he has taken Holland to the World Cup. He has a fantastic pedigree."
What role Giggs plays under Van Gaal remains to be seen. The midfielder says he will not decide his future until the end of the season.
"My concentration is on the remaining three games and then I will see what happens at the end of the season," Giggs said.
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