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Liverpool Legend Believes Louis Van Gaal Is Too Old To Manage Man United

Fowler believes that Giggs would be a better option for the Red Devils.

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Former Liverpool goal machine Robbie Fowler reckons that rivals Manchester United are making a mistake by choosing to appoint Louis van Gaal as their new manager.

The Netherlands boss is widely expected to take charge at Old Trafford after this summer’s World Cup.

However, Fowler thinks that the 62-year-old, who will turn 63 in August, is too old for the Red Devils.

Fowler believes that interim manager Ryan Giggs, 40, should be given the job on a permanent basis.

“I don’t know if Louis van Gaal is the right man for Manchester United,” Fowler told talkSPORT.

“He’s had his time. It might sound silly, but he’s too old.

“You can’t argue with his credentials and what he’s achieved, but Man United should have gone for a young, vibrant manager.

“The board might have said to Van Gaal he needs to get Giggs ready to take over in a few years. That was one of the stumbling blocks early on. Whoever came in would have to take him on to the staff.

“But they should have just given the job to Ryan. It’s one of the biggest jobs in football, but Giggs knows the club, he knows what’s expected and everything about the club.

“They should have appointed him and brought in a superb number two to help him along the way.”

Giggs has taken charge of just four matches during his brief managerial career.

He began his interim spell with a 4-0 win over Norwich City, before suffering a 1-0 home loss to Sunderland a week later. A 3-1 victory against Hull City was then followed by a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Van Gaal’s managerial CV is a bit more extensive. He has won four Eredivisie titles – three with Ajax and one with AZ.

He also helped Ajax win one Champions League, one UEFA Cup and one KNVB Cup.

During two spells in charge of Barcelona, he guided the Catalan giants to two La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey.

In 2010, Van Gaal led Bayern Munich to a Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double.

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