Louis van Gaal has said that he would love to take the managerial position at Manchester United, but may have to find a job for Ryan Giggs on his staff if he gets the job.
The Dutchman, who will lead the Netherlands at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, has been the firm favourite for the job at Old Trafford since David Moyes was sacked last month.
But the van Gaal is likely to be forced to retain interim manager Ryan Giggs as a coach due to the Welshman’s legendary status at the club.
Giggs bid what is likely to be a farewell as a player at Old Trafford on Tuesday night against Hull City and was a popular choice when he was handed the managerial reigns until the end of the season.
While it is unlikely that Giggs will be chosen as the permanent United manager many people in and around the club feel that he could be a United manager of the future, so keeping him on the staff is an important step for making this happen.
At the age of 62, van Gaal is clearly not of an age to build an Alex Ferguson-esque dynasty at Old Trafford, but with his vast experience in domestic and international football he could be just the man to groom Giggs into a Premiership manager.
Signs of Giggs’s raw flair for management were seen when United beat Norwich 4-0 in his first game in charge.
But normal service was resumed a week later, with his newly acquired team losing 1-0 at home to relegation-threatened Sunderland.
Van Gaal is likely to want a decision on his chances of landing the Manchester United job before the World Cup kicks off in June, and has made it quite clear that he wants the job.
“I would love the job,” said Van Gaal on Wednesday. “I hope that I shall be the one. It’s the biggest club in the world and it’s a fantastic challenge.”
With Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich on his managerial resume, van Gaal is clearly one of the big names that Manchester United need to get the club back on track following a more-than disappointing season.
Other names in the frame for the job have distanced themselves in recent week, either through their words or by their team’s performances on the pitch.
Jurgen Klopp, manager of German side Borussia Dortmund, immediately ruled himself out of the job, insisting that he was happy at Dortmund and had unfinished business there.
Fellow Bundesliga coach, Pep Guardiola of Bayern Munich might be interested in the job, but the money required to extract him from his contract at the Allianz Arena is a likely stumbling block.
It is a similar situation with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who managed Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2009/10.
Ancelotti has led Real to their first Champions League final since 2002, where they will meet city rivals Atletico Madrid.
But defeat in the final could lead to Ancelotti being sacked, given the regularity in which Real president Florentino Perez wields his axe.
Real are sitting in third place in La Liga, behind Atletico and Barcelona, who will likely fight it out for the title in the final game of the season, so a Champions League win now becomes the minimum for Ancelotti.
But United may appoint van Gaal before Ancelotti potentially comes on the market, and a it would be a good choice for the club in their current state.
Van Gaal is known as a bit of an authoritarian and his strict management style has been known to irk some of the world’s best players.
But United’s sharp drop in form has hurt their reputation and from what we hear from reports coming from Old Trafford, some of the Manchester United players could do with a bit of authority.
Give van Gaal a few years and he would undoubtedly get Manchester United back to challenging for the Premier League title and Giggs will be an experienced coach who will be ready to manage ‘the biggest club in the world’.