Ryan Giggs, one of the greatest ever players to don the Manchester United jersey, has opened up on the similarities between Louis Van Gaal and Sir Alex Ferguson as managers of the club. Notably, Sir Alex Ferguson is considered to be one of the most iconic managers in world football because of his legendary stint with Manchester United.
Alex Ferguson’s United is considered to be one of the most globally dominant teams in the history of world football. Louis Van Gaal, on the other hand, had a very limited stint with the Reds as he couldn’t guide them to the success that the management sought from him.
Now, Ryan Giggs, who has had the experience of working under both, Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis Van Gaal, has opened up on the similarities between the two managers.
Ryan Giggs Discusses Similarities Between Louis Van Gaal And Sir Alex Ferguson
“Discipline for one, that was the one thing that Sir Alex and Louis had,” Giggs said during MUTV Group Chat where he was the latest guest.
“I got a chance at 17 and I’ve tried to do the same with Wales: pick out the best young players and give them a chance. If they take their chance then great, if they don’t then at least they’ve had a chance. And it’s about trying to play football in the right way, an exciting way, scoring goals and having players on the pitch who want to excite the fans and excite me as well,” said Ryan Giggs who is currently the manager of the Welsh national team.
Wayne Rooney had recently said in a Sunday Times column that ‘tactically, van Gaal was by far the best’ but that, overall, ‘Fergie was streets ahead’.
Ryan Giggs Responds To Wayne Rooney’s Remark On Both The Managers
“I understand what Wayne was saying. Obviously we both worked under Sir Alex who I’ve known since I was 13. Sir Alex had everything – man-management, discipline, standards, tactics, knowing a player but with him, because we had such good players who had been together for a long time, you’d just go out and play. You knew your role, it was just a matter of just tweaking it,” Giggs said.
“With Louis it was probably the opposite. We played different systems under him whereas under Sir Alex we more or less just played one system and we’d tweak it. I can’t remember us ever playing three at the back, maybe once or twice if we needed to hold on, but other than that we didn’t,” Giggs concluded