Ryan Giggs admits life at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal was ‘frustrating’

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs admits it was sometimes a frustrating experience working as assistant manager to Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

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The Welshman left the club in the summer, shortly after Van Gaal’s sacking saw him replaced with Jose Mourinho in the managerial hot seat.

Giggs spent two years working under the Dutchman, and while he said there were positive sides to the job, he also felt frustrated at some of his ideas being overlooked.

‘It’s not about biting your lip,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘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.

‘As an assistant, it can be frustrating at times but also it’s a great job to have because ultimately the pressure isn’t on you.

‘It was different in a lot of respects to what I’d been used to under Sir Alex (Ferguson) for so long but I learned how to set up a team and different coaching sessions. Like anything, there were bits that you would take and bits that you wouldn’t.”


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