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Sunday 22 April 2018

Giggs not a deal breaker for Van Gaal

The deal to bring Louis Van Gaal to Old Trafford has been held-up over his backroom team.
The deal to bring Louis Van Gaal to Old Trafford has been held-up over his backroom team.

DECLAN WHOOLEY

The deal to bring Louis van Gaal to Old Trafford was agreed 10 days ago but is being held up over his backroom team, according to United We Stand Editor Andy Mitten.

The Dutch manager is expected to replace David Moyes as Manchester United manager following the World Cup, but the deal has been delayed over the final selection of his backroom team.

Finding a place for Ryan Giggs is not a deal breaker according to Mitten, but both the club and Van Gaal himself are taking their time in finalising the package.

“Ten days ago terms were agreed in principle, but there are other issues at play,” he told Newstalk’s Off The Ball tonight.

“The big issue is who he will bring in.”

Mitten says that Giggs has found the step-up to manager more challenging than expected and does not hold the same ambitions to become the full-time boss at this moment in time.

“To go from being a player to a manager is a massive step and I have heard he isn’t ready for that step yet.”

“Even Pep Guardiola left Barcelona before coming back to manage the B team.”

“I don’t believe Giggs and van Gaal have met face-to-face.”

Mitten suggested that Giggs will not utilise Giggs if he does not feel he has his full support, but the current situation will not faze the Dutchman.

“When Van Gaal arrived in Barcelona, it was a troubled environment, not too dissimilar to United,” he said.

“He can spot talent,” citing the example of promoting Jose Mourinho at the Nou Camp who was given more responsibility from his initial post as a translator.

Mitten said that as well as Patrick Kluivert, a former Old Trafford employee is also in the running for the assistant position.

“Rene Meulensteen still lives in Mancester. He has a good relationship with Van Gaal and would be very interested in returning.”

“He is seen as a brilliant coach and a not-so-good manager, and would have little ambition of taking the United job, so would not be seen as a rival for Van Gaal.”

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