Ryan Giggs admits his first season as Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager has been fuelled and inspired by an immovable desire to become the best at his chosen profession.
The Welshman set almost impossibly high standards of performance throughout his 964 games and 24 seasons as a player at Old Trafford. Having retired in May last year, he has since taken strides towards a career in management within the new coaching regime at the Aon Training Complex.
During Tuesday night’s Player of the Year awards ceremony, van Gaal explained how much he has enjoyed working with Giggs and those kind words were well received by Ryan, who is determined to make the most of his opportunity.
“I’ve given it my all, like I did as a player,” Giggs told MUTV in an exclusive Q&A. “It’s completely different. You have to think like a coach rather than a player. All I can do is what I did as a player. I wanted to be the best player on a Saturday and now I want to put on the best sessions I can for the lads.
“I want them to enjoy it but I want them to get something out of it as well,” he continued. “This is the perfect transition for me – where that takes me, who knows? But whatever I do – whether it be coach, assistant manager or manager – I want to be the best, just like I was as a player.”
A year on from his retirement, the former winger is pleased with the route his education is taking him.
“I’ve enjoyed the transition,” said Giggs. “The lads have been great with me and Louis and the rest of the staff who have come in have been great as well. I’m learning every day and the experience of being out on the training pitch, putting sessions on rather than being part of them, has been invaluable.”
YORKE: VAN GAAL WAS BOX OFFICE AT THE MANCHESTER UNITED AWARDS NIGHT
Dwight Yorke has described Louis van Gaal as “box office” after the Manchester United manager stole the show during Tuesday’s Player of the Year awards at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal gave a passionate and emotional speech at the close of the evening that explained why the Reds are close to challenging Chelsea for the Barclays Premier League title, before hailing the club’s fans as the “best in the world”. It has since become a viral hit on the internet and social media.
The manager also took part in a charity auction that raised funds for the MU Foundation by placing a £10,000 bid to play golf with Yorke, fending off competition from Ryan Giggs in the process. During an exclusive interview to promote this summer’s Legends Are Back match at Old Trafford, Dwight gave his reaction to both events and explained why he’s excited to tee off against van Gaal.
“I thought he was box office,” Yorke told ManUtd.com on Wednesday. “I have a good relationship with the manager. Every time he sees me, he has always made me smile and he has always congratulated me on the way I carry myself and that kind of stuff.
“I have a lot of admiration for the gaffer and he certainly didn’t disappoint last night. He really was box office – what we have come to expect from the manager, and I thought it was outstanding.”
Quizzed on van Gaal’s auction victory, Dwight continued: “I didn’t expect the manager to really want to play golf with me, I have got to say. I expected some other pundit who was in there supporting the Foundation and I was surprised that it went for that much money.
“I thought Giggsy had made a good effort in terms of trying to get me to play in his four-ball, but the manager seemed determined to get me to play with him.
“Maybe he wanted to see how good I can play golf, or he just thought I was kind of kidding. Hopefully I won’t disappoint him on the day, I am looking forward to it and I’m sure it will be a great round of golf.”