It is looking increasingly likely that Van Gaal will be installed as the next United manager during the summer, a move that will be confirmed this or early next week. It is also a move that will see the most decorated man in English football history leave the club he has been with since he was 14 years old.
Giggs stated after the 7th home defeat of a nightmare season for Manchester United that if the new manager offered him an extra year as a player, he would consider it. However, that is very unlikely and Giggs would look further afield to gain the experience necessary for top level coaching.
There is much debate about where Giggs will choose to go should he need to. It would be nearly impossible for him to look at any other team in the Premier League due to his massive commitment and loyalty to United, it is also uncertain whether he would be interested in a move to a club in any of the lower leagues of English football due to the need for top level experience.
This means that he may well see it as being appropriate to look to Europe for a coaching role, and with no shortage of admirers throughout the continent, Giggs should find himself with a few offers on the table.
The experience gained in a continental environment will help mould Giggs as he prepares for the inevitable return to Old Trafford one day as the main man. Despite receiving backing for the role immediately by players including Wayne Rooney, it seems now that United will definitely not be offering him the role, for now.
What this also means is that the home game against Hull could well be his last opportunity to play at Old Trafford. He has said he will be very tempted to name himself on the bench and hopefully come on and score. Depsite the fact that this season has been instantly forgettable and regrettable for the champions, it will always be remembered for the fact that it was the year United said goodbye to one of their playing hero’s. Not so much goodbye perhaps, but au revoir….