Johnny Giles: Why Man United shouldn’t appoint Rafael Benitez

Johnny Giles laughs off any suggestion Manchester United could appoint Rafael Benitez as Louis van Gaal's successor

Johnny Giles has rubbished talk of Rafael Benitez taking over at Manchester United until the end of the season.

Louis van Gaal is facing increased speculation surrounding his position at Old Trafford after United’s latest setback in Europe.

Memphis Depay’s 37th-minute opener put United into a first-half lead in Denmark but Pione Sisto levelled before Paul Onuachu secured a 2-1 for the home side ahead of the return leg next week.

Benitez took over at Chelsea after the west London side made a below-par start to the 2012/13 season under Roberto Di Matteo and the Spaniard went on to lead the Blues to Europa League glory.

However, Giles doesn’t believe Benitez would be a good short-term option for United if the 20-time English champions are desperate to play attacking football.

“I wouldn’t think so,” Giles told Newstalk.

“They’re always complaining about the lack of ‘attack, attack, attack’ at Old Trafford.

“If you’re looking for attacking football, Rafael Benitez wouldn’t be the first on your list.”

United are in fifth place in the Premier League table and six points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

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The Red Devils will face Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night.

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