Where it went wrong for Van Gaal at Manchester United – Ryan Giggs


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At Manchester United, no other person could have the luxury of working more closely to Loius Van Gaal than Ryan Giggs. The club legend worked as an assistant to the Dutchman for two years, and won the FA Cup in what was a great managerial experience for the former footballer. Giggs was not ready for a reduced role under new manager under Jose Mourinho, and left the club he has served meritoriously for close to three decades.

The Loius Van Gaal era was tainted with unexpected victories and equally frustrating defeats, which meant the much travelled Dutchman had to leave his post. The Welshman was talking about his former boss’s time at Old Trafford, and what led to his untimely exit from club.

Giggs, while speaking earlier this week said,

“It’s not about biting your lip,”.“And it wasn’t just me, there were other coaches. You put your point across. Sometimes Louis would go with it and sometimes he wouldn’t.”. “He was the manager, he was the boss, and once Louis made that decision, you went with it, even if you didn’t necessarily agree with it. “.

This assertion from Giggs confirms the fact that the Dutchman was too stubborn, and maybe that necessitated his early exit from the 20-time English champions.

Van Gaal was sacked just days after delivering the FA Cup in May, after failure to qualify for this season’s Champions League campaign as they ultimately finished 5th. LVG, as is fondly called is a successful manager with a lot of experience. He won countless trophies at Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and took Holland to third place at the 2014 World Cup. Yet, people that have had the opportunity of working with him paint the picture of a man who is exceptionally stubborn, and too rigid to adapt to new situations, a fact that Giggs corroborates.

He has been replaced by his former assistant, Jose Mourinho at the Old Trafford dugout, though there have been signs of progress, yet, the results are not coming forth.

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