Giggs praises Shaw as legend plays key role in player recruitment

The recently retired United winger has been overseeing the two high profile arrivals of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.

Ryan Giggs' role in the transfers of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have been an intriguing part of the last few days at Manchester United.

Though he is the natural spokesman and authority figure to oversee the deals, given his spell as caretaker boss in May and his role as Louis van Gaal's right hand man, all the more important while the Dutchman is still preoccupied with the World Cup, there is something hugely satisfying in seeing the Welshman commenting on the next United generation as they arrive at Old Trafford.

Speaking after the capture of England international Luke Shaw, now the world's most expensive teenager, Giggs said: "Luke is a very talented young left-back with great potential.

"He has developed immensely during his time at Southampton and has all the attributes to become a top player.

"I am delighted he has joined Manchester United as I believe this is the right club for him to continue his development as a young player and eventually fulfil that promise."

Though new manager Van Gaal may have given his approval to the signings, the truth is that both Herrera and Shaw have been long term targets of the club.

Ed Woodward liaised with Giggs during his caretaker role to see who United should pursue this summer, and it is telling that the duo arrive with Van Gaal still occupied in Brazil.

This has given Giggs the freedom to be the club's mouthpiece when it comes to the deals, and it is possible to look a little deeper and see this as unashamed grooming of an individual very much only in transition in his career at Old Trafford.

He had earlier given his opinion on Herrera's arrival, saying: "Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity.

"We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans. I’m delighted he has made the decision to come to Manchester and play his part in the club’s future."

Any mention of grooming Giggs is not to undermine how long United's new Dutch manager will be at the helm, merely to state the plans in place to ensure the Welshman plays a significant, and long-lasting role at the club.

Any football player heading to Carrington to discuss terms and take a look around is sure to be awestruck at meeting one of the most decorated players in modern football.

That he is now on the staff may only add to the reverence, and it bodes very well for how the club will progress under the stewardship of Van Gaal, with Giggs as his more than capable first mate.

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