Louis van Gaal identifies his successor at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal says that he wants Ryan Giggs to takeover at Manchester United when he eventually steps down.

Louis van Gaal has picked Ryan Giggs as the man who should replace him at Manchester United when he leaves.

Giggs, who is currently assistant manager at Old Trafford, is said to be keen to go into management now that his playing career is over, and Van Gaal has backed his second-in-command to make the step-up to leave the side when he does end his reign. 

When that will be remains to be seen, as the Dutchman appears to be planning for the long-term at United, but Giggs is sure to be buoyed and motivated by the current boss's words.

In a video recorded by a fan at a question and answer session with both Van Gaal and Giggs, and published by the Telegraph, the 63-year-old said: "He is so modest, so normal, and he is such a great star.

"He is the star of the evening and really deserves that and I am convinced that you are - how do you call it in English? - 'Ok, this Van Gaal is over, he (Giggs) is the man!'"

Giggs already has experience of taking the leading role at Old Trafford after being placed in temporary charge towards the back end of last season.

That was to mark the end of David Moyes's time at the helm, and Giggs's introduction couldn't stop the Red Devils' season from petering out into disappointment. 

Last campaign, United's struggles were well-documented as they slumped into seventh place and there is hope that this will be vastly improved this time around.

The squad which Van Gaal is developing is an exciting one and the attacking talents of the squad can rival any club in Europe. 

Van Gaal has been backed by some serious funding in the previous transfer window and it appears that their spending is likely to continue.

United have commented that they have the ability to spend big for the foreseeable future and it means that if Giggs does succeed Van Gaal, then he is likely to inherit a squad much stronger than the one he had at his disposal last time around.

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