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Giggs? Van Gaal? Who’s next for Manchester United?

With David Moyes finally being released after a torrid time at the helm, Manchester United have put Ryan Giggs in temporary charge whilst they think about a permanent successor. After the gamble of appointing Moyes costing the club over £100 million, there is certainly lot of pressure on the decision as to who they are going to bring to Old Trafford.

Louis Van Gaal, the Holland national team’s manager, is the current favourite to be unveiled as United’s new manager. The 62-year-old Dutchman made over 300 professional appearances as a player before going on to manage the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. 

He is a vastly experienced manager, winning 14 trophies across the continent including the Champions League once and La Liga twice. Latest reports suggest that a deal may have already been sorted between the two parties.

Borussia Dortmund’s manager Jurgen Klopp also seems to be on the the Red Devil’s radar, but the German club deny any contact with the Premier League side to date. 

Klopp, known well for his sideline antics, is also an experienced manager having coached over 500 games in the Bundesliga. The German’s accolades include winning the Bundesliga twice as well as making the Champions League final in 2013. But he has said to the media on many occasions how happy he is at Dortmund.

Two outsiders for the job are Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti. 

Simeone, currently in charge of the in-form Atletico Madrid side, is without doubt Europe’s best young manager. He transformed them from a team that regularly underachieved to a team that is now competing hard to win both La Liga and the Champions League. However, it will be a huge gamble as his style of management may not suit that of the Premier League and we may see a similar occurrence of what happened to Andre Villas-Boas. 

Despite a high degree of interest surrounding Carlo Ancelotti directly after Moyes’ sacking, it seems as if the Italian won’t be heading to Manchester. He has got his Real Madrid team lined up to complete the treble this season and seems to be thoroughly enjoying his time in the Spanish capital. 

The final candidate is current player/manager Ryan Giggs. Having represented his country 64 times and Manchester United 671, he has said that being given the opportunity to manage the team was the proudest moment of his career. This shows what it means to him. 

Today he was dressed smart and sat in the United dugout overlooking his side’s solid display to beat struggling Norwich 4-0. A large majority of fans would love to see the Welshman put in charge on a permanent basis, but the owners may feel putting someone in with no managerial experience is a too bigger risk to take. 

Giggs will certainly install some passion and pride back into the team that was definitely lacking during Moyes’ short tenure. 

Be sure to keep checking The Boot Room for the latest on this story. We will be looking at each of the candidates a bit closer and will of course let you know who gets the job! 

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