Manchester United No2 Ryan Giggs admits Louis van Gaal 'told' him he'd be assistant manager this season.

Giggs hung up the boots last season and there were doubts he'd be kept on by the new boss.

"He was pretty direct about it," recalls Giggs. "It was after about half an hour of meeting him. He straight out asked - or did he tell me?! He might have told me actually!

"He just said: 'You're my assistant manager' - or 'I want you to be my assistant' - and I didn't think twice. It was obviously a tremendous opportunity for me to learn from one of the great managers and stay at the club and try to get better as a coach.

"I do think there are similarities with Sir Alex. They do have an aura about them. That comes from the success they have had. They demand the players respond and they demand respect.

"In the short space of time I have worked with Louis you can see why he has been a success."

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