Ryan Giggs: Manchester United legend claims Louis van Gaal punched him in first meeting

Ryan Giggs: Manchester United legend claims Louis van Gaal punched him in first meeting

- Ryan Giggs had a staggering 24-year playing career at Manchester United from 1990-2014

- The former midfielder was employed as assistant to Louis van Gaal

- Giggs says the Dutch tactician punched him in the stomach on their first meeting

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Ryan Giggs has recounted his first day of meeting manager Louis van Gaal saying he punched him in the stomach, SunSport reports.

The Manchester United legend was employed to work as assistant under the experienced tactician at the Old Trafford between 2014 and 2016.

Both managers inspired the club to an FA Cup title alongside the likes of star-studded players including Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria.

However, Van Gaal had a tough time at the Premier League club as he was heavily knocked for his tactics and poor deals in the transfer market.

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The manager was fired in 2016 after guiding the Red Devils to a fifth-place finish that season, despite defeating Crystal Palace to the FA Cup at Wembley.

Ryan Giggs: Manchester United legend claims Louis van Gaal punched him in first meeting
Ryan Giggs claims he was punched by Van Gaal on their first meeting. Photo: Ian Walton
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And now Giggs has shared the moments with the manager at the club as well as his own exit.

Wales national team coach Giggs told Jamie Carragher’s Greatest Game podcast and cited in SunSport:

“He was different. He was very dominating. The first time I met him he punched me in the stomach.
“I’ve gone to meet him a hotel, he’s opened the door, looked me up and down and gone ‘you are in good shape!’ then he punched me in the stomach.
“It was hard as well and I didn’t know what to do. You could have given something back but that’s me out of a job."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that current manager at the club Ole Gunnar oSolskjaer is reportedly unhappy with the board over their failure to land Jadon Sancho last summer.

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The Red Devils only completed the signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax in a deal valued around €39 million.

The Norwegian born tactician is keen on bringing the England international back to the Premier League as he hopes to challenge for the title.

Dortmund have insisted that they will not entertain any offer lower than their £108 million demand for the forward.

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