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Report: Ryan Giggs offered No. 2 role by Louis van Gaal

May 14, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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The Guardian is reporting that Ryan Giggs has been offered the No. 2 role at Manchester United by Louis Van Gaal, who is set to be announced as club manager on Thursday.

The news comes after Giggs flew to the Netherlands where he met with Van Gaal at his home. It was there that a three hour discussion was held, following up on the phone call they shared last week.

While it has yet to emerge whether Giggs intends on continuing his playing career, all indications are that the Welshman is set to accept the offer from Van Gaal. It’s understood that the offer to Giggs represents the last obstacle to sort out before confirming the Dutchman as permanent successor to David Moyes.

Once appointed, Van Gaal’s first bit of business is to sign Luke Shaw after a $45 million offer was rejected earlier this week. All indications are that an improved bid of $50 million should be enough to seal the deal.

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