Beckham backing for Van Gaal

David Beckham believes Louis van Gaal is the ideal choice as the new Manchester United manager and has backed Ryan Giggs to make a seamless transition into his role as assistant boss.

Last Updated: 21/05/14 at 07:47 Post Comment

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Netherlands coach Van Gaal will take up his post at Old Trafford following the World Cup this summer, with the Red Devils confirming his long-anticipated appointment on Monday.

United also announced that Giggs will be part of the Dutchman's backroom staff, with the club legend calling time on his playing career after 963 appearances for his only team.

And former United midfielder Beckham, who came through the ranks alongside Giggs as part of the famous 'Class of 92', reckons the experienced Van Gaal will be able to banish the memories of David Moyes' ill-fated and brief spell as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor.

He told Sky Sports News: "He has got a history of working with young players, bringing players through academy systems at places like Ajax.

"That can only be great for Manchester United.

"As a Manchester United fan and for Manchester United as a club, to have someone like this with his pedigree - he has worked with some of the biggest and best players in the world."

New role

Beckham claims he had expected Giggs to continue his astonishing playing career, which saw him claim 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions Leagues.

He added: "I'm surprised he's retired because he was still playing great. Physically he's still in great condition, to play for so many years at the top level you have to be in great condition.

"Now he has a new role at the club and it was great to see him walk out as Manchester United manager for those four games.

"When you've got someone like Giggsy, who all the players respect and all the fans love, it makes a huge difference.

"His role now has totally changed and I'm sure he will find it an easy transition because he takes things in his stride, he's not affected by anything.

"He knows the club better than most people who are at Manchester United now."

Beckham has called on Van Gaal to involve more of the 'Class of 92' at Old Trafford after Giggs brought in Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt and retained the services of Phil Neville for his spell in interim charge after Moyes was sacked.

"It will be great to see if Scholesy, Butty and Phil can be involved," the former England captain said.

"When I saw them all sat on the bench it was an amazing sight and it was one that made me emotional - I've spent my whole career with these lads."

And when asked if he wanted to be sat alongside his former team-mates, Beckham added: "Of course I did, I was proud to see that image."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli missing from Italy squad

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been left out of new Italy coach Antonio Conte's first squad.

Scottish Premiership: Dundee v Celtic team news

Team news for Sunday's Scottish Premiership cash between Dundee and Celtic at Dens Park (12:30 KO).

Premier League: Mark Hughes wants Stoke to push on after win at Manchester City

Mark Hughes has urged Stoke to push on in the Premier League after they stunned Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property