Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal‘s celebration to Ashley Young‘s dramatic late winner against Newcastle last night has become a talking point in the press today thanks to an article from The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden.
Writing about the celebration, Ogden said: “While the usually calm and studious Van Gaal leapt to his feet, punched the air and then tapped Giggs on the cheek with an ‘I told you we would score’ gesture, the United assistant manager remained stony-faced, staring ahead while the rest of Van Gaal’s staff and players jumped around.
“It was as though Giggs was thinking, ‘great, but you got away with it again,’ after United somehow salvaged a crucial victory from a performance marked only by the soporific possession football imposed by Van Gaal in recent weeks.”
Here’s the video which has been used as the basis for Ogden’s piece:
We’re not sure if Ogden watched the game or not but Giggs jumped off his seat when Young’s goal went in, clapping and smiling enthusiastically (see full video here) before he turned stony faced when van Gaal turned around.
It looks like nothing more than harmless ‘I told you so’, as Ogden briefly touched upon before labelling it as evidence of a tarnished relationship.
That being said, it was a bit of a strange reaction from Giggs to curtail his celebrations. Maybe he lost a bet to Louis and has to do his next team speech in his best Dutch accent.
As for whether Giggs is frustrated under van Gaal, you’d be surprised if there wasn’t that element given what Giggs’ own philosophy is.
“I trust you and I know what you’re capable of and go out there and show it on Saturday and give the fans something to shout about,” Giggs told his players when interim manager last year.
“Entertain them, score goals, make tackles, play with speed, play with tempo.”
Right now, United are not playing entertaining football but the results are coming in. Sir Alex Ferguson married both entertainment and results in such a way that made it look so easy but Giggs is now getting used to the fact that doesn’t come straight away for every manager. In that sense, nobody would blame him for being frustrated with United’s football, just like lots of fans are, but you can’t argue with the results.
Yet, to use that reaction as evidence for Giggs losing patience with van Gaal seems nothing more than a knee jerk reaction to a relatively harmless situation.