Giggs, who now heads the Wales national team, says Van Gaal was a “dominant” character who would put himself “right in the face”.
And it appears he did just that when the two first met in a hotel, with Giggs claiming the Dutchman gave him a stomach search.
“He was different. He was very dominant, ”Giggs said on Jamie Carragher is on his Greatest Game podcast.
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“The first time I met him he punched me in the stomach. I went to meet him, we have a list of the players that I think are good and those who are not.
“I went to meet him in a hotel, he opened the door, looked me up and down and he went ‘You’re in good shape!’ then he hit me in the stomach.
“It was tough too and I didn’t know what to do. ”
Ultimately, Giggs admits he let the bizarre encounter slip away, saying he feared he’d been out of a job if he fought back.
“You could have given something back, but it’s me without a job. But that’s what he was. He was very dominant and would be right in front of you, ”Giggs added.
“It would be a nightmare now with social distancing.
“He would be right in front of you, dismissive of you and very blunt.” He took care of his staff and his players and he was a very good person but just very eccentric. ”
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