As speculation over who the Glazer family should appoint as full-time manager of Premier League title holders heats up, there’s no denial that outside candidate in the form of Ryan Giggs is slowly creeping up as a favourite choice by the fans.
After United’s almost flawless performance against struggling Norwich on the weekend gave Giggs his first win, the question on everyone’s lips was the same: why not Giggs?
Following on from David Moyes’ sacking on Tuesday, the Welshman walked into the Theatre of Dreams full of confidence backed by standing ovation from the home crowd where he’s always an admired figure.
The 40-year old, former Manchester United midfielder looked sharp, determined and not scared to take risks to overturn the uncharacteristically poor season United have had. Giggs left Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata on the bench for the match and Rooney’s two goals before the hour mark supported the interim manager’s 4-4-2 formation.
Giggs couldn’t have asked for a better start to his role as a United managed, with four goals, a clean sheet and three well-deserved points. However, despite a brilliant display from his side many are not convinced that the Welshman is the right man for the job.
First of all, United regardless of their poor form this season would have been capable of beating relegation battling side with or without Giggs.
Secondly, with no managerial experience it is hard to see whether Giggs would be able to make the right calls when it comes to bringing in the right players or even smaller matters such as whom to rest prior to big games.
Therefore it is not a surprise that Louis van Gaal, current Dutch manager, is the prime candidate for the job come 2014/15 season. The 62-year-old with vast managerial experience undoubtedly has the upper hand with comparison to Giggs, who has no titles to his name as a manager.
But, Van Gaal is currently getting ready for the World Cup with the Netherlands team, who are
one of the favourites having reached the finals of the competition is 2010 in South Africa.
Carlo Ancelotti, is another name that’s thrown in the pot for consideration. The Real Madrid boss is having a superb season with the Los Blancos, as they are still in contention for the Champions League title having failed to obtain it since 2001/02 campaign.
Real have already won silverware this season after beating Barcelona 2-1 earlier this month. Florentino Perez, Real Madrid’s president, will most likely have a say in Ancelotti’s future if
the Italian decided to opt for the United role.
United 2013-14 campaign has probably been one of the worst in the recent history, with getting the boot of the Champions League courtesy of Bayern Munich and failure to qualify for next season’s European showdown.
United need a man who can regroup the team, bring in the right players with Nemanja Vidic’s departure leaving a key void in the United’s defence.
Giggs may not have the managerial experience on his side, nor does he have the knowledge on how to run a squad of 22 players, coaching team and all the staff however he is an admired, respected and experienced figure in the United’s changing room.
Giggs has devoted his whole professional career to playing for Manchester United since the tender age of 17.
As the most decorated footballer in the English football history with 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cup titles as well as two Champions League winner’s medal, Giggs also holds the record for most competitive appearances for Manchester United.
So what could Giggs bring to the team? Knowledge on how to win big games as well as knowledge of his players. Unlike any other manager that could be brought to Old Trafford, Giggs knows the players having played alongside them.
He knows who players their best on what positions and maybe he is capable of bringing out the best out of Nani and Javier Hernandez, both of whom have been quiet for United this season.
United’s next fixtures are all winnable. Two home games back to back against Sunderland and Hull, both teams are at the lower end of the table and last game of the season for United will be away to Southampton.
The champions of last season must win all three games to ensure that they don’t face the worst case scenario at the end of the season of conceding the seventh spot position to Southampton.
If United get all available nine points from the remaining matches with a bit of luck they could overtake Tottenham on the table and guarantee themselves some European football action next season.
Giggs could end United’s year on a high. Having accomplished so much as a player with the Red Devils, Giggs is a natural successor after Sir Alex Ferguson.
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