Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has underlined the importance of Ryan Giggs in the club’s managerial set-up.
The former Wales international winger retired from his playing career at the end of the 2013-14 season and was appointed as the assistant manager to work under Louis van Gaal.
The 40-year-old was appointed as a player-coach by the sacked David Moyes last summer and took charge of the first team for the final four Premier League games following the Scot’s sacking in late April.
And now he will work under one of the best managers in world football, who also happens to be the current coach of the Netherlands and has a strong relationship with United’s Dutch striker Robin van Persie.
This is going to benefit Giggs in his long-term ambitions to manage United, but for the time being it will be a symbiotic relationship between the Welshman and Van Gaal. According to Schmeichel, Giggs’ presence in the management team is going to help the Dutchman know the club inside out in a short period of time.
‘Van Gaal has picked the right guy to assist him because he needs to understand what Manchester United is’, Goal.com quotes the 50-year-old Dane as saying at an event in Singapore. ‘He’s in a hurry to understand that, and the sooner the better’.
Van Gaal will be able to think about United only after the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. It may not even be until mid-July when he returns from South America: after all, the Netherlands could well reach the final and win the tournament.
This means that the 62-year-old will get just over a month to get his team ready before the 2014-15 Premier League season kicks off. Although transfer negotiations are already being conducted, a lot else needs to be done by Van Gaal in a short period of time - which is why the presence of Giggs is going to be helpful.
And as the season progresses, Giggs is only going to help Van Gaal understand what United is all about.