Manchester United and David Moyes have clearly taken great strides in order to continue the success during the Alex Ferguson years.

By ensuring current stars and former United players will be involved in the immediate future of the club having taken up coaching roles, the Red Devils have ensured this is a period of transition, rather than revolution.

Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville have both taken up offers with the club and their vast experience at United - along with numerous international caps to their names - will help guide the club into a new era of success.

The only downside to this is the fact that Paul Scholes has decided not to take up an offer to join the coaching staff, as he seeks to spend more time with his family.

Moyes will obviously have his own ways of working at the club and is most definitely a man who knows what he wants, but he is also intellectual enough to know that players who have the United way ingrained in them are invaluable to him, as he tries to adjust to life at the biggest club in world football.

They will add the continuity that the club will need after the loss of their greatest ever manager - a loss that must not be underestimated.

Giggs and Neville are not experienced coaches but they can provide guidance and direction to younger players who are embarking on what could be a lucrative career at United.

Giggs was brought up by Ferguson and United and this close tutelage helped him through years when he could have easily succumbed to the many attractions and distractions that football brings with it. He has made mistakes, and certainly seen others make more, but this will make him an even better adviser to others.

United will not want to lose any of the success and momentum they have built up during the Fergie years and will not want to give an inch to any of their rivals, who are queuing up waiting for the current Champions to fall off their pedestal. You must strengthen whilst at your strongest and United are doing just that.

The likes of Giggs and Neville will also help Moyes adapt to life at the club. He is still learning the art of coaching despite a great upbringing in the game, but nothing can prepare him for the exposure that managing a club like Manchester United brings.

Every decision is scrutinised. One thing that Moyes does lack is that winning mentality and Giggs and Neville can help him in that respect, with an abundance of winners medals between them.

One word of caution though for the champions. Being a great player for the club does not necessarily mean you are equipped for coaching at the top level too. If United flood their backroom staff with too many ex-players, they could be in danger of looking inwards too much.

Sometimes a club needs someone to come in from the outside in order to provide a broader perspective of both the club itself and football in general. Hopefully for United's sake, Moyes will provide this balance. Only time will tell if this formula will work though.


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