A number of Manchester United players want Ryan Giggs to replace Louis van Gaal as manager if the Dutchman leaves Old Trafford this summer, according to MailOnline.
There is a feeling among the squad that van Gaal is a “grandpa” whose tactics and management style are outdated.
Man United secured a 1-0 win over Everton on Sunday but a number of players at the club are running out of patience with van Gaal’s methods.
A source told MailOnline: “A lot of them think he is a grandpa and has an out-of-date management style.
“A number of players have become frustrated because of the lack of chances under van Gaal.”
Van Gaal has handed debuts to a number of young players over the course of the campaign but there is a belief that this was only due to the amount of injuries United had earlier in the season and a lack of strikers.
“He (Van Gaal) doesn’t speak to the young players and Giggs and [U21 manager Warren] Joyce are the only ones who want to encourage the young lads,” one source said.
“A lot of them would be very happy if Giggs took over because the players can relate to him. They can’t relate to Van Gaal – he’s too old.”
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is said to be the front-runner to replace van Gaal in the event of the veteran’s departure but United’s players haven’t welcomed the speculation.
“The players are unsure about Mourinho,” a source added.
“I think they don’t believe they will get a chance if he comes in. They talk to the guys at Chelsea and know they never got close – so why would he be any different at United? He’s a businessman.”
The players may well have reservations about van Gaal and Mourinho but they must take their fair share of the blame for United’s underwhelming campaign. Van Gaal has his shortcomings and there doesn’t seem to be a future for him at the club but the players must shape up too.