Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs thinks Chelsea’s the top dog, compares Louis van Gaal to Alex Ferguson

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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been on a wild ride the last year-and-a-half. From the retirement of Alex Ferguson to the end of his own playing days, the failure of the David Moyes experiment and the hiring of Louis van Gaal, Giggs has been busy.

With the dust seemingly settled, at least as much as it can at a club like Manchester United, Giggs has opened up to BBC Live on his new manager, the current state of the Red Devils and his team to beat in the race for the Premier League.

On the latter point, his choice is Chelsea. Giggs calls the Stamford Bridge club “head and shoulders above the Premier League” on the strength of their back four.

[ TRANSFERS: Joao Moutinho reportedly on the market ]

As for van Gaal, Giggs sees similarities to his old boss. From the BBC:

And Giggs, 40, who is now assistant manager at the club under Van Gaal, said the Dutchman’s “intensity and preparation” reminded him of Ferguson.

“He demands that in every training session,” Giggs told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He wants the same intensity as if it was a game.

“There are a lot of similarities to Sir Alex. He sets standards and if you drop below them he is not happy.”

United sits in fourth place despite bringing a spate of new players together and adopting the new system of van Gaal. It’s scary to think about where they could be in the table if they stayed even remotely healthy, as LVG has reinvigorated a sad bunch (that finished a relatively-low 7th last season).

Now how will United fans feel about their captain calling Chelsea “head and shoulders” above the pack? Surely David Moyes would’ve been lambasted.