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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Ryan Giggs has the potential to succeed as a manager but he insists he will have no say over whether he takes over from him at Old Trafford.
Giggs has worked alongside Van Gaal for the last 18 months and there have been calls for him to be handed the reins when the Dutchman leaves the club.
Van Gaals' future is far from certain amid growing speculation linking Jose Mourinho with the job and it has been suggested that Giggs could also leave United if the Portuguese is named manager at the end of the season.
Regardless of whether he remains at Old Trafford or moves elsewhere, Van Gaal believes Giggs will succeed as a manager, praising his work-rate and ability to read the game.
"Those questions on where to start his career in management are for Ryan, not for me, Van Gaal told The Independent. "I cannot say that he should be my successor anymore because I don't want to reign beyond my grave. I have stopped that message. In my first year, it was good to say it, though.
"I am impressed by his hard-working attitude because ex-players are not often good examples of hard-working managers. He is very hard-working and it is impressive."
Speculation continues to mount regarding Van Gaal's position with several British newspapers claiming Mourinho's move to Old Trafford is a 'done deal'.
Van Gaal, however, is confident there is no truth in the rumours and believes the club's hierarchy would tell him if they had spoken to Mourinho.
"I have spoken with [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward and I cannot imagine that he and Jose Mourinho have spoken with each other," he said.
"I think that if they speak with another manager, they would tell me because our relationship is like that.
"If they want to change, they have to prepare themselves. That is also my professional attitude, in my opinion. If they are thinking that they want to replace me, they have to enquire. But, if it is like that, they have to say it to me and I believe they will tell me if it is like that.
"I not only have a strong relationship with Ed, but also with the Glazers. I have a good feeling with them, and that is why I am annoyed with all the publicity. I have 'been sacked' three times and now it is about negotiations starting with Mourinho. The next time it will be another manager."