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Wales coach Giggs: Why LVG bigger influence than Sir Alex

Wales coach Ryan Giggs has explained why Louis van Gaal has had a greater influence on his coaching than former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Giggs played his entire club career at United under Sir Alex Ferguson, but said working alongside Van Gaal had given him a valuable insight into coaching and tactics.

Asked what it was like working with managers other than Ferguson, Giggs told the UTD Podcast: “A different approach, different people, different personalities.

“Obviously I had different international managers, but that's only obviously a short space of time.

“That's why I talk about Louis, regarding my coaching, because I was actually two years in the meetings and taking responsibility.

“I talk so fondly of him because that was really my first coaching role, whereas, when you're playing, you don't know the preparation.

“You don't know what the manager's seen on the videos.

“Players get seven or eight minutes of watching the opposition, but the coaching staff watch hours and hours.

“So that's completely different, even though you've worked under a manager for so long.

“It was more sort of the man-management and the different things that Sir Alex would do that I've picked up on.

“Whereas with Louis, obviously I've seen first-hand why you play the different systems, the reasons for this and the reasons for that. It was a really good experience."

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