Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed that he did not always enjoy working under United’s former manager Louis Van Gaal as the Dutch tactician used to overlook his views on numerous occasions.
After Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Giggs played the role of player-coach under David Moyes.Later, he had to give up his playing career to become an assistant coach when van Gaal took charge at Old Trafford. However, the Dutch tactician was sacked this summer and Giggs followed him soon after Jose Mourinho’s arrival.
Writing in his column for The Telegraph last month, Giggs had said:“I learned more about coaching from Louis over the next two years than I thought possible.“He was completely thorough. Everyone in the team knew their role exactly and in the first season, we made good progress.
However, the Welshman has now admitted that working with van Gaal was frustration sometimes.
“It’s not about biting your lip,’ he told Sky Sports. “And it wasn’t just me, there were other coaches. You put your point across. Sometimes Louis would go with it and sometimes he wouldn’t.
“He was the manager, he was the boss, and once Louis made that decision, you went with it, even if you didn’t necessarily agree with it.
“As an assistant, it can be frustrating at times but also it’s a great job to have because ultimately the pressure isn’t on you.
“It was different in a lot of respects to what I’d been used to under Sir Alex (Ferguson) for so long but I learned how to set up a team and different coaching sessions. Like anything, there were bits that you would take and bits that you wouldn’t,” he added.