Louis van Gaal given the nod for Manchester United job

by Sam Peoples

Former Holland international Bryan Roy has become the latest player to vouch for Louis van Gaal‘s credentials and believes he has what it takes to rejuvenate Manchester United.

Roy was part of Van Gaal’s successful Ajax team in the 1990s and feels his ability to get his team performing in the biggest games means he is perfectly suited to the role.

Whoever comes into the role will be under pressure immediately because of how this season has gone and Roy certainly thinks Van Gaal is big enough to shoulder that responsibility.

“If there is one manager who can do the Manchester United job – he can,” Roy told Sky Sports.

“He knows how to create young players and win games against big teams. With his tactical mind and the way he thinks about football, the Premier League is going to have a very difficult time playing against Man United next season.

“It’s going to be his biggest job. As a team coach, the Man United job is the biggest to be had and you can be sure he is preparing himself very well.

“He’s with the national team for the World Cup and I hope he does well with them first.”

Widespread reports have said Van Gaal will be announced as Manchester United manager by Wednesday so movement is expected in the next 48 hours.

Whether Van Gaal keeps Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt in his backroom staff remains to be seen but Roy feels the Dutchman should consider keeping both of them for continuity.

He added: “Louis will definitely bring his own team in but it’s Manchester United so you also need to be able to work with people already in the club.

“I think he might keep Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes, or maybe both of them.”

Van Gaal has always tried to keep at least one member of a club’s coaching staff for any job he has taken on which suggests at least Giggs will be kept on at the club in some role.

Of course, there is every chance Van Gaal wouldn’t want any of the “Class of ’92” in his backroom staff and if that happens, Giggs could move into management elsewhere for experience, something that Richard Cann believes he should do.

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