Ryan Giggs has revealed that he was punched in the stomach by Louis van Gaal when he met the Dutchman for the first time.
The Wales boss made the sensational revelation on Jamie Carragher’s Greatest Game podcast, where he was left not knowing what to do after meeting the newly-appointed Manchester United boss in 2014.
Giggs went on to learn his trade as a coach under Van Gaal after previously taking caretaker charge of the club following David Moyes’ sacking.
‘He was different. He was very dominating,’ Giggs told Carragher. ‘The first time I met him he punched me in the stomach.
‘I’ve gone to meet him, we’ve got a list of the players that I think were good and the ones that were not so good.
‘I’ve gone to meet him at a hotel, he’s opened the door, looked at me up and down and gone “you are in good shape!” then he punched me in the stomach.