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Giggs set for central support role

According to reports, Ryan Giggs may well be offered a position as Louis van Gaal's assistant, with Patrick Kluivert unlikely to be given the role.

Shaun Botterill

Hello, friends, and welcome to another edition of Reportedly, According To!

As ever, we're here to bring you the very latest in what people are saying may possibly be likely to happen, perhaps. And today, we're returning to everybody's favourite subject of speculation: the make-up of Louis van Gaal's backroom staff.

A quick recap: early reports reckoned that Van Gaal, Manchester United's apparent manager-in-waiting, would be looking to bring five support staffers with him. Naturally, this meant that Ryan Giggs would be turfed out of Carrington with his all belongings in a handkerchief knotted on the end of a stick. Or given the kids to look after, or something. For his part, rumour suggested that was that Giggs was keen to be given a role of some actual significance, having felt like a token coach during David Moyes's reign of terror.

But! Developments! According to the Independent, who cite "several reputable sources in the Netherlands", Giggs is now more likely to be named as Van Gaal's pre-eminent assistant. It appears that Patrick Kluivert, one of Van Gaal's assistant with the Dutch national team, will not be following him to Manchester. It's not specified whether this is because he's not interested in the job, or whether United have leant on Van Gaal to include Giggs, but we're taking this as a good omen. Last time Kluivert failed to come to Old Trafford the club bought Dwight Yorke instead, and that worked out okay.

The Independent also suggest that Van Gaal may be at Old Trafford tonight to see United's final home game of the season against Hull City. Perhaps, once that's done, something will actually happen. Until then, rumour and innuendo are all we have. Join us next time, for another exciting edition of Reportedly, According To!