United training taken over by Giggs following Van Gaal’s return to Holland

Manchester United training was cancelled on Sunday and United’s most decorated player, Ryan Giggs, took the reins on Monday after Louis van Gaal flew home to Holland.

Van Gaal . The Manchester United manager has flown home to Holland to celebrate his daughter's birthday

Photo: The Manchester United manager has flown home to Holland to celebrate his daughter’s birthday.

Van Gaal . An image posted on Twitter claimed to show Louis van Gaal at Manchester Airport on Sunday afternoon

Photo: An image posted on Twitter claimed to show Louis van Gaal at Manchester Airport on Sunday afternoon.

The manager was left ashen-faced after the chastening defeat by Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Van Gaal sounded like a beaten man on Saturday before jetting off, telling players and staff not to travel to Carrington for their standard running drills the day after a game.

Van Gaal . Van Gaal looked and sounded like a beaten man on Saturday after United lost against Southampton

Photo: Van Gaal looked and sounded like a beaten man on Saturday after United lost against Southampton.

The Mail reports that the 64-year-old is in Holland for his daughter’s birthday and, while it cannot be helped, the timing is inauspicious.

The decision to cancel Sunday’s session is a surprise – even given Van Gaal’s short break away. That light hour’s work has been a staple of the Dutchman’s reign since he took over from David Moyes in 2014.

Van Gaal & Ryan Giggs

Assistant manager Giggs will lead training as talk surrounding his boss’ future swirls further – expanded by the British press.

United do not play until Friday night when they take on Derby County in the FA Cup fourth round but supporters may be wondering why their manager is not intent on correcting the weekend’s ills straight away.

Up Man U!

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