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Monday 11 December 2017

Louis van Gaal: No rift with Ryan Giggs

Van Gaal anger as relationship with assistant questioned

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected with his assistant Ryan Giggs
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected with his assistant Ryan Giggs

MANCHESTER United manager Louis van Gaal has reacted angrily to claims that his relationship with No 2 Ryan Giggs is at an all-time low.

Shots of the two men captured by television cameras just after Ashley Young had grabbed a late, late equaliser and a crucial three points against Newcastle in midweek suggest that they won't be sending each other Christmas cards.

Giggs stepped aside from the role he acquired as temporary Old Trafford boss following David Moyes sacking when van Gaal was appointed and speculation at the time suggested that the Dutchman wanted his own No 2.

He brought in Albert Stuivenberg as an assistant and Giggs' demeanour in the dugout all season has been notably grumpy, with very little sign of a meeting of minds with his boss.

"I cannot answer that. We have a very bad relationship," said van Gaal and making it clear that he was attempting a joke.

"I'm very irritated by this question. We have a very good relationship, everyone can see that we work very hard together, and that goes for all the staff and players. I'll take this up with the media."

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