Last night, Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs took to the stage in an Executive Club event where they answered questions from some of United’s highest-paying fans.
Van Gaal is known for his disarming honesty, and the Wednesday evening event was no different. Perhaps some comments in a setting like this should be taken with a pinch of salt, but there were certainly some interesting insights over the course of the evening.
Giggs WILL be the next manager
We recently asked you whether Ryan should take over when van Gaal departs, and the result was crystal clear: 92% said yes. Van Gaal has already said previously that he believes Giggs can succeed him, but this was an even stronger indication.
Martial is a gift for Giggs
Reinforcing his assertion that Giggs will be United’s next manager, van Gaal provided some context for the club’s surprise deadline day signing: “Yes, I spend a lot of money on Martial, but I buy him for my successor… Ryan Giggs.” It can only be described as a gamble spending that much on an investment for the future, but it does suggest LVG is thinking longer-term than some have argued.
Pereira & Lingard will play their part this season
Van Gaal said he expects Andreas Pereira to step into Januzaj’s spot when needed and indicated that Lingard would also feature for United in this campaign. With LVG’s commitment to youth under close scrutiny lately, these are reassuring assertions, but fans will want to see him follow through on the talk.
Rooney is van Gaal’s “best ever captain”
The boss praised Wayne Rooney’s influence and put him in the bracket of best players he’s worked with, alongside Ronald de Boer, Luis Figo, Phillip Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Van Gaal is confident of beating Liverpool
United’s best performances have come against their biggest rivals under LVG, and looking forward to this weekend, the manager told fans “Don’t worry, we will win on Saturday.”
Van Gaal doesn’t expect United to win the league this year
In another poll on Manchester La La La, we asked fans “Can United win the league title in 2015/16?” The results stand at YES – 46%; NO – 54%, and van Gaal himself is in the ‘no’ camp. He said last night that he expects a 2nd or 3rd place finish, whilst competing in all competitions, but expects to win it next year, no excuses.
What do you make of these comments? Let us know what you think…