Sir Alex and Ryan Giggs have both downplayed retirement, but we will have to face the inevitable in terms of both sooner or later, so will Ryan Giggs work as our next manager?
Giggs was linked with the Wales job following Gary Speed’s death but he chose to focus on his career at United, but if the same offer was made for the United hot seat, especially if the offer was coming from Sir Alex, would he be able to turn it down?
The midfielder is Sir Alex’s longest serving player, he holds the club’s record for most appearances and will have been in the first team at Old Trafford for at least 23 years by the time he calls it a day, so he knows how everything works. There is a good chance he would also have the backing of Sir Bobby Charlton as well which is important too.
When team mates and players on the outside looking in speak, he and Scholes are always held in high esteem and he remains an inspiration to younger players coming through so the current crop, as well as those coming in and those being promoted from the academy will enjoy working under him.
There is a reasonable list of players that have enjoyed success as the helm of their former clubs, Kenny Dalglish’s first spell at Liverpool saw him win 3 league titles and 2 FA Cups whilst Pep Guardiola sets the standard at Barcelona.
A club man, just like Giggs, Guardiola rose through the ranks of Barcelona to become a beloved player. Although he left and spent spells in Italy, Qatar and Mexico, when his playing career was over he returned to Barcelona and took over their B team.
His work at that level would see him promoted to manager of the first team and the rest is a history of beautiful football and trophies winning various trinkets in his 4 years in charge.
Of course there is no guarantee of success, Giggs is as inexperienced as Dalglish was when he took over at Anfield but the support behind the movement seems to be growing with both Phil Neville and Paul Scholes going on record to offer support.
United have been linked with both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho when Sir Alex finally decides to vacate his throne but there is a chance we could carry on tradition, and as with players, promote from within.
Is it an idea you would support?