Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler believes Manchester United should have handed Ryan Giggs the manager’s job at Old Trafford instead of appointing Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who is expected to replace David Moyes as the Red Devils’ new permanent manager within days.
Fowler feels United would have been better off following the path of Liverpool and hiring a young coach with fresh ideas, like Brendan Rodgers. And the former England striker thinks Giggs could have been the ideal man to inspire United into a bold new era.
“I don’t know if Louis van Gaal is the right man for Manchester United,” he told talkSPORT. “He’s had his time. It might sound silly, but he’s too old.
“You can’t argue with his credentials and what he’s achieved, but Man United should have gone for a young, vibrant manager.
“They should have just given the job to Ryan. It’s one of the biggest jobs in football but Giggs knows the club, he knows what’s expected and everything about the club.
“They should have appointed him and brought in a superb number two to help him along the way.”
Van Gaal is one of the world’s most experienced coaches, having enjoyed spells with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He will lead Netherlands at next month’s World Cup finals before beginning work at Old Trafford prior to the start of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.
It’s believed Giggs will be named as Van Gaal’s assistant following positive discussions between the two in Holland earlier this week, although other members of the famed Class of ’92 - such as Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville - could be relieved of their duties.
Van Gaal will be expected to help United qualify for next season’s Champions League at the first attempt, while there will also be expectation on his shoulders to win the Premier League title depending on how much United spend in the transfer market this summer.
Manchester United fans: Is Fowler talking nonsense - or is Van Gaal the wrong man for the Red Devils?