Manchester - Louis van Gaal has backed Ryan Giggs to succeed him as Manchester United manager when the Dutchman eventually leaves Old Trafford.
Giggs has been working as Van Gaal's assistant since the former Barcelona boss took over at Old Trafford last year.
The United legend had a spell in temporary charge following the dismissal of David Moyes last season and van Gaal believes Giggs would be the ideal choice to replace him in the long-term.
"I expect that he (Giggs) will be the next manager after I am gone," Van Gaal told MUTV on Friday.
"Now I have the responsibility. He has tasks that he has to perform like the players. What he has to do, for me, he does it very well."
Giggs made a record 963 appearances for United during his playing career, which stretched to 25 years.
The 41-year-old won a remarkable 25 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.