How Man United's first request to Louis van Gaal could backfire

Ryan Giggs

Manchester United staff could pressure Louis van Gaal on an important decision as soon as he's confirmed as the club's next boss.

Louis van Gaal is expected to be named as the next Manchester United boss at some point next week and Goal has suggested individuals who still have a job at Old Trafford next week could pressure the Dutchman into making a big decision.

Ryan Giggs is showing no signs of retirement just yet and the football site has revealed that several staff members at United could urge van Gaal into allowing the United legend to play on next season.

“The 40-year-old still feels physically capable of handling the rigours of Premier League football and the consensus at Carrington is that there is no reason why he cannot combine playing and coaching again next term,” reads Goal’s report.

Giggs has prospered as a coach this season to the point where United were willing to trust him with control over the first team, which, bar the Sunderland result, has turned out to be justified.

It would be an amazing decision for van Gaal to force Giggs out because in modern terms, there is no one who knows Manchester United better than the Welshman.

However, the same reports which have linked van Gaal with the United job have also suggested that he’s keen to bring in his own back room staff, which may include someone who takes a coaching role that would otherwise go to the 40-year-old.

Should United’s staff pressure van Gaal into keeping Giggs on as a player and a coach, in the same way that David Moyes used him this season, it’s dangerous for two main reasons.

It’s dangerous because it risks alienating van Gaal at a very important point in the club’s development, with United striving to get back to the top of England football.

It’s also dangerous because it’s an appointment which has the potential to create problems and divisions within the club, which can be the downfall of a manager before he’s even got his teeth into a role.

Let’s give van Gaal some credit. He’s hardly likely to come into United and completely overlook Giggs. It’s likely to be the total opposite. Giggs has had a chance to sit back, watch and reflect this season and can tell van Gaal where the squad is strongest and weakest both physically and mentally.

United stand a greater chance of being successful next season with Giggs rather than without him.

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