Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes the club should given serious consideration to appointing Ryan Giggs as full-time manager, claiming there is no reason the veteran midfielder should be considered more of a risk than Louis van Gaal.
Giggs was provided with the job on an interim basis following the sacking of David Moyes last week, with the Welshman given the task of overseeing the club’s final four games of the season. Manchester United secured a comfortable 4-0 win in Giggs first game in charge, leading to a swell in support for a full-time appointment.
But Giggs is not thought to be in contention for the role, even if Manchester United win all the games under his charge. Louis van Gaal remains the overwhelming favourite to earn the position, with the experienced Netherlands coach reported to be negotiating a deal to move to Old Trafford.
Van Gaal has coached Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the past but, as Neville points out, has never managed in the Premier League over the course of his distinguished career. And Neville claims that since Giggs knows the club and the division more than most, he should be considered on an equal footing to Van Gaal as the Manchester United board discuss candidates.
“There’s the idea that Ryan hasn’t got experience, but he knows the club. And then there’s the idea that Van Gaal has massive experience, but he doesn’t know the Premier League,” Giggs said, as reported by The Telegraph.
“At the end of the day the owners will do what they want to do. I suppose in some ways they want an experienced hand, but I personally would like to see a British manager be appointed because Manchester United have always appointed British managers. We’ll wait and see.”
He added: “You’ve seen different examples of how sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t work, and until you appoint someone, you haven’t got a clue whether it’s going to work or not.
"From that point of view, people say Ryan’s got no experience, but then is Van Gaal going to work? We don’t know. It’s a call for people at the club.”