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Giggs – Van Gaal was good but Sir Alex had everything

25 Nov 1998: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson comes face to face with Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal in the UEFA Champions League match at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain. The game ended 3-3. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

Ryan Giggs admits he understands Wayne Rooney’s perception of Louis Van Gaal, but Sir Alex Ferguson simply had everything.

Wayne Rooney recently said that Louis Van Gaal was the best manager he had ever worked for.

Now United legend Ryan Giggs insists while Van Gaal was very thorough and detailed, Sir Alex Ferguson simply had everything.

Giggs admits Van Gaal would leave no stone unturned from the practice field to meetings.

While Sir Alex did all these things, he was just so good at keeping things simple there was never any need to go to the lengths Van Gaal did.

Speaking to Manchester United’s official website, Giggs understands Rooney’s thinking but is adamant there is nobody like Ferguson.

He said:

“I understand what Wayne was saying.”

“Sir Alex had everything – man-management, discipline, standards, tactics, knowing a player.”

“With him, because we had such good players who had been together for a long time, you’d just go out and play.”

“You knew your role, it was just a matter of just tweaking it.”

“With Louis it was probably the opposite.”

“We played different systems under him whereas under Sir Alex we more or less just played one system and we’d tweak it.”

“I can’t remember us ever playing three at the back, maybe once or twice if we needed to hold on, but other than that we didn’t.”

“So I know what Wayne was saying because Louis worked a lot more on the training pitch with regards to patterns of play and tactical work.”

“We had a lot of meetings – players felt sometimes too many!

“With Sir Alex it was quite simple.”

“I’m not saying we didn’t have meetings, of course, we did.”

“But we had such good players that the manager would just need to tell them once and it would just be a little tweak here and there.”

“So I know what Wayne meant in terms of learning a lot under Louis.”