Upon being appointed as manager last month, it was announced that Ryan Giggs would be assistant manager whilst Frans Hoek would join as goalkeeping coach and Marcel Bout as assistant coach but the futures of Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes all remained uncertain.
Having worked under Giggs in his brief tenure as manager, it was hoped that there would be a place for the former United stars under Van Gaal and The Guardian are now claiming that Van Gaal could still add them to his cabinet.
Jamie Jackson writes:
Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville could yet become part of Louis van Gaal’s staff at Manchester United, with the decision on their futures possibly not taken until after the World Cup when the Dutchman’s tenure as Holland coach ends.
Van Gaal, who is preparing the Netherlands for their opening match with the holders, Spain, on Friday in Salvador, is yet to finalise if Scholes, Butt and Neville will be retained.
A decision to retain the former United players would prove popular amongst fans as well as smart on Van Gaal’s behalf, surrounding himself with people that know the club.
It must be said that Moyes too tried this with Giggs last season but amidst rumours that Giggs was no more than a figurehead, you would expect if Van Gaal does retain their services, he would actually utilise their expertise.