Manchester United: van Gaal wants Roy Keane as his number two at Old Trafford – report

Since Sunday’s defeat at Everton the sports pages have been awash with the sacking of Manchester United manager David Moyes.

According to reports early this morning, one of the bookies’ favourites to become the next Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, wants Roy Keane as his number two. Highly respected broadsheet The Irish Examiner opines that the Dutchman sees the controversial Manchester United legend as excellent aide if he takes the job:

Louis Van Gaal’s prospective appointment as the new Manchester United manager this summer could spell bad news for the FAI as the Dutchman is looking towards having Roy Keane as his assistant, the Irish Examiner understands.

The 62-year-old veteran will only accept the chance of fulfilling his ambition to manage in England if he’s got a sidekick to work alongside that is familiar with the terrain.

Immediate reaction from soccersweep is that this could be a risky move at a crucial time for Manchester United. van Gaal himself is seen as a disciplinarian and we would imagine that a more gentle voice at No.2, like Ryan Giggs, could help to engender harmony in a squad which has clearly been disrupted by the methods of Moyes.

Noone doubts that Keane was a Manchester United legend as a player but is it the right time for someone like him to come in and potentially put more noses out of joint? Would Manchester United be an attractive place for new players to come if there were two such single minded and controlling men at the helm?

Not sure at all about this one. Manchester United fans – thoughts?

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