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May 14, 2014

Ryan Giggs gets offer to assist Van Gaal

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Ryan Giggs has been offered the job as Manchester United's assistant manager after having talks with Louis van Gaal on Wednesday, a source told ESPN.

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The Netherlands manager is set to be announced as the successor to the sacked David Moyes and Giggs, who had been in interim charge for the final four games of the season, will be given the chance to be his right-hand man, the source said.

The 40-year-old was pictured outside the Hotel Oranje in Noordwijk, Holland, after meeting Van Gaal, who had a day away from the Netherlands' pre-World Cup training camp in Hoenderloo on Wednesday.

The 62-year-old former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager emerged as the favourite to take over at Old Trafford after Moyes was dismissed on April 22.

He has been in discussions with United's executive vice-president Ed Woodward, who is overseeing the search for the club's second manager in as many seasons.

There has been a strong preference at board level for continuity on the coaching staff and Giggs is held in high esteem by the Old Trafford power-brokers.

His lack of experience meant he was not considered for the job, but Giggs is regarded as a potential future manager.

The 40-year-old, who was a player-coach under Moyes, is yet to decide whether to extend his career on the pitch and said it may depend on whether the next manager wants him to carry on.

He made his 963rd appearance for United as a substitute against Hull in their final home game.

On Wednesday, several reports said Giggs would be meeting Van Gaal over finalising their new management team, with Van Gaal set to speak with Giggs over his future at Old Trafford.

On Tuesday, Van Gaal refused to answer questions about United during a news conference to unveil the Netherlands side for the World Cup.

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