Manchester United are preparing to sack Louis van Gaal before replacing him with Ryan Giggs, according to Norwegian journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft.
Van Gaal has come under immense pressure recently due to the poor form of his Man United side, who have dropped out of the top four of the Premier League and are struggling to keep up with the pace set by the likes of Leicester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.
United lost 2-1 to Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday and there has been plenty of talk regarding the Dutch manager’s future since, with many tipping Jose Mourinho to be the new boss should van Gaal be made redundant by the board.
Been talking to a lot of people last days. My understanding: Van Gaal OUT Giggs the new manager Could happen before Christmas
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) December 21, 2015
Making Ryan Giggs manager would definitely split opinion amongst United fans. Despite his legendary status at the club, many supporters are apprehensive about Giggs’ lack of experience as a manager. The Welshman has only been in charge of a professional team for four games, when he was caretaker manager of United after the sacking of David Moyes in 2014.
Giggs is currently van Gaal’s assistant and giving him the main job would probably be the most seamless transition, rather than bringing in a completely new individual to the club. However, the debacle with Moyes is still fresh in many people’s minds and they do not want a repeat of the last time United appointed a manager with no experience at a big club.
Fjortoft did not specify whether Giggs would take the job on a permanent basis or just until the end of the season but fans could fear the worst either way. With less than half the season gone, the prospect of the former winger taking charge for such a long time, even on an interim basis, could mean that the Reds struggle for a place in this season’s top four and run the risk of not qualifying for the Champions League for the second time in three years.