Friday 23 February 2018

New boss won't fear United challenge – Giggs

Manchester United's assistant manager Ryan Giggs
Manchester United's assistant manager Ryan Giggs

Chris Bascombe

Ryan Giggs says Louis van Gaal has no fear about taking over Manchester United, as he revealed the Dutchman is already making his mark at Old Trafford.

Giggs, now assistant manager, said Van Gaal provided the pre-season schedule for his coaching team to put into action when the squad returned this week, despite being preoccupied with leading Holland to the World Cup semi-final.

The new manager met Giggs before the tournament, with the Welshman revealing he could sense the excitement and determination in Van Gaal to rebuild after a disappointing last season following Alex Ferguson's retirement.

Giggs was speaking as United announced 'Reunited' – a pre-season fixture with Valencia at Old Trafford on August 12. The visit of the La Liga side will be Van Gaal's first home game in charge.

"Like everyone I would expect he has a clear philosophy and he sticks to that philosophy," said Giggs.

"He won't be afraid to take over Manchester United. He will relish it and look forward to it. He has been at Barcelona and been at Bayern Munich, been at big clubs and in my mind Manchester United is the biggest.

"It won't be easy and it never is. The Premier League is a difficult league to win but I was excited by how clear and forthright he was and what he expects from the players."

The Van Gaal blueprint is already being put into operation by the new coaching team including Giggs, Albert Stuivenberg and Marcel Bout.

"The blueprint has been prepared by Louis and we have been following his plans," Giggs said. "It will be sometime in the middle of next week when he is here.

"I'm very excited. Obviously it's a different pre-season for me. There is a lot of hard work for the players, but not for me. I'm stood on the sidelines now. I got a taste of it towards the end of last season but I'm looking forward to working with Louis and proud to be assistant manager.

"The preparations have gone well. He will be joining us next week and he will get to meet the players. It has excited everyone." (© Daily Telegraph)

Irish Independent

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