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Van Gaal and Giggs set to takeover

Ryan GiggsRyan Giggs is set to become Louis Van Gaal’s assistant manager at Manchester United after he was offered the job when he met the Dutchman in Noordwijk yesterday, during a three-hour meeting in which could prove crucial as far as United’s future is concerned.

Van Gaal could be announced today as Manchester United’s new manager, putting an end to weeks of speculations and allowing the club to finally put a solid strategy in place ahead of next season given the sizeable job that lies ahead this summer, when United will have to recruit at least four world class players if they’re to mount a serious challenge next season.

Van Gaal was originally thought to be willing to bring former Barcelona, Ajax and AC Milan striker Patrick Kluivert with him as his assistant manager but the Holland manager has now offered the job to Giggs, who had repeatedly stated his intention to remain involved with the club after the end of this season.

The two met yesterday for the first time in Van Gaal’s hometown and while it remains unclear as to whether Giggs will extend his playing career for another season or not, the Holland manager is determined to make Giggsy his number two, thus ensuring a thread of continuity that could be extremely important as United seek to rebuild the team this summer.

Furthermore, while Van Gaal is expected to bring some of his coaching staff to Old Trafford, working as his assistant would be a fantastic opportunity for Giggs to learn the art of managing from one of the very best in the business – having already done so under Sir Alex Ferguson – and therefore boasting his credentials for the United job in the future, once Van Gaal steps down.

The Holland manager is expected to sign a two-year deal worth around £7m a season, with an option to extend his deal for a further 12 months and his announcement is likely to set the ball rolling as far as United’s transfer window is concerned, with the Reds expected to submit a £30m bid for Southampton’s Luke Shaw.