Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v A Villa

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 1 - 2 Man Utd

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Schmeichel: Duo are right fit

Peter Schmeichel says Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs are the managerial dream team for Manchester United.

Last Updated: 16/05/14 at 14:06 Post Comment

Ryan Giggs: Perfect assistant for van Gaal, says Peter Schmeichel

Ryan Giggs: Perfect assistant for van Gaal, says Peter Schmeichel

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Van Gaal, currently coaching the Dutch national team, is widely expected to be the manager United choose to replace David Moyes, who was sacked last month after less than a year in charge at Old Trafford.

Former United keeper Schmeichel, who played for the club from 1991 to 1999, says van Gaal has the right character and experience to take on one of the biggest jobs in world football.

But he advised the Dutchman to appoint someone with intimate knowledge of the culture, history and traditions of the club - with Giggs his ideal candidate.

Schmeichel told Sky Sports News: "As a person van Gaal fits most of the criteria that's needed. I think that what is needed right now by Manchester United, is clear direction. And with van Gaal, everywhere he has been, there has always been a clear direction.

"Some of the places he has been at, that has led to outright war. But I don't think that is going to happen here. We have a certain way that we want to be as Manchester United and a certain way of playing.

"And we (United and van Gaal) are not too far from each other. The combination could be very good. I think it's very important to have someone who is extremely experienced.

"He's managed at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and he's managing the Dutch national team.

"He has the right experience, and he's the right age, in his 60s. It's important to have someone who is looked at as a mature person, with conviction."

Giggs, who took over from Moyes as caretaker manager until the end of the season, has spent his whole career at Manchester United.

And Schmeichel says the Welshman is the perfect candidate to be van Gaal's "cultural assistant".

"I think that's hugely important - the foundation of this club is its history, its tradition," the Dane said. "There is a way of doing things. It's a lifestyle - it's not just a football club, there is so much more to it.

"Van Gaal is a very intelligent man, I'm sure he will pick that up very quickly. But I think it's important that he has that cultural assistant.

"Ryan Giggs has been mentioned as his assistant. I think that would be fantastic. You've got the young guy - a man who has been there all of his life, more than any other player in history.

"You've got the culture, the history, to feed right into the manager. He will come with his own ideas, but combine those two things - that's great.

"That's one of the reasons it's important to have someone next to him who understands what kind of club it is."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

De Gea: United 'cannot' fail

David De Gea says that Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League next season "no matter what".

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company