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Van Gaal confirms Giggs will succeed him at United

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Manager in waiting - Ryan Giggs
Manager in waiting - Ryan Giggs

Louis van Gaal has stated that his assistant Ryan Giggs is in line succeed him as Manchester United manager when he decides to retire from the game.

Van Gaal has confirmed that the United job will be the last of his illustrious career and while he recently hinted he may be tempted to extend his current contract that is due to expire in the summer of 2017, the 63-year-old has told MUTV that he wants Giggs to take his place when the time is right.

“I expect that he [Giggs] will be the next manager after I am gone,” said Van Gaal. “Now I have the responsibility.

"He has tasks that he has to perform like the players. What he has to do, for me, he does it very well.”

Meanwhile, reports on Friday night from Sky Sports suggested Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was on the brink of joining United in a £20m deal.

The German international has been linked with a move to United for several years, but injuries have restricted his progress and he has only returned to full fitness after lengthy spells in the treatment room in recent months.

Gundogan's possible arrival could be the first of many at United this summer and while Van Gaal has opened the door to a discussion about who might replace him, the Dutchman is very much in control for the foreseeable future.