Giggs backs van Gaal

Ryan Giggs has given a glowing assessment of the man who is likely to pip him to his dream job.

There is growing support inside the dressing room and from the club's vast fan base for Giggs to be handed the Manchester United job on a full-time basis.

United are set to appoint Louis van Gaal instead, though, as the Holland coach has far more experience than the Welshman, who is yet to complete his Uefa Pro Licence exams.

Giggs has come up against van Gaal's teams on three occasions - in 1998 when the 62-year-old was in charge of Barcelona - and four years ago when United bowed out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich over two legs.

Giggs had nothing but warm words for van Gaal when asked about his potential successor on Friday.

"He has a brilliant reputation," the United interim boss said. "He is a successful manager in different countries. Obviously, he has taken Holland to the World Cup. He has a fantastic pedigree."

What role Giggs plays under van Gaal remains to be seen.

A number of options remain open for Giggs, who started his four-match spell in charge with a 4-0 win over Norwich last weekend.

Giggs could coach under van Gaal, he could play for the Dutchman or he may depart for pastures new after 24 years at Old Trafford.

The midfielder said that he will not decide his future until the end of the season.

"My concentration is on the remaining three games and then I will see what happens at the end of the season," Giggs said.

"I have got to decide if I want to play or not, so there is no point thinking if I want to be an assistant or if I want to be a manager somewhere else.

"There are so many things to think about, but that's in the future.

"I honestly don't know (what I will do)."

When the 75,000 fans inside Old Trafford stood to applaud Giggs as he strolled down the touchline in his club suit last Saturday, it was like a scene out of a Hollywood film.

If Giggs is to say goodbye to United this summer, there are only two more chances for him to run out on to the pitch at Old Trafford.

Giggs did not ditch his suit and slip on the United kit for last night's match against Sunderland and there is a possibility that he will not turn out in the final home match of the season against Hull three days later.

"As footballers, we are pretty superstitious so (I will keep) my suit on (for the Sunderland game)," Giggs said.

"I am still training and doing bits and pieces so I am still in the frame for playing the remaining games or being involved."

- PA Sport.