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Giggs gives detailed team-talks about our opponents, says Louis van Gaal

Assistant manager has impressed in his new role.

Giggs has expressed a firm interest in becoming Manchester United manager on a full-time basis in the future.
Giggs has expressed a firm interest in becoming Manchester United manager on a full-time basis in the future.
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LOUIS VAN GAAL has been suitably impressed by Ryan Giggs and has handed him the responsibility of giving in-depth presentations to the Manchester United players about their opponents.

According to The Telegraph, the Dutch manager has picked up on Giggs’ attention to detail and the former United winger now studies the scouting reports put together by Marcel Bout before preparing his own detailed talk. He presents to Van Gaal first, who ensures everything is as it should be, before Giggs speaks to the players at the team-meeting prior to a game.

Ahead of his side’s trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City later today, Van Gaal revealed he has plenty of background material on Nigel Pearson’s side:

I have analysed them three times. I have four books about the games they have played already and the game they have lost already to a minor club (Shrewsbury). I prepare all my matches very thoroughly. I know everything about the team, about individual players, about the substitutes. I know what the atmosphere will be in the stadium, how they will take the first kicks, everything.”

United will look to build on their 4-0 win over QPR last weekend and focus will once again turn to what team Van Gaal will select.

Luke Shaw is still to make his debut for the club though he has recovered from his hamstring injury while Chris Smalling also returns after a groin problem.  Meanwhile, after a 23-minute cameo against Harry Redknapp’s side, striker Radamel Falcao may get his first start in place of the off-form Robin van Persie.

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