Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has revealed that taking charge at Old Trafford on a temporary basis has given him a taste for the top job that he wants to experience again, while also insisting under new boss Louis van Gaal will provide the perfect platform to make that happen in the future.
Giggs finally called time on an amazing 24-year playing career at United at the end of the season to focus on pursuing coaching ambitions, which have been fuelled by a four-game stint in caretaker charge after David Moyes was sacked by United chiefs in April.
The 40-year-old will work as Van Gaal's number two from next month and believes the two have an instant connection that will serve him well, while also aiding his bid to be the Dutch veteran's eventual successor.
In a documentary to be shown tonight by ITV the Welshman is quoted by The Times as declaring: “It’s been a whirlwind and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It was just a brilliant experience, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and will be all the better for next time it happens.
“I met Louis and the meeting went really well. I liked him instantly and I’m looking forward to working with him and learning from him.”
Giggs managed two wins, a draw plus a solitary defeat across his very short stint in the United hotseat, before eventually stepping aside to work alongside Van Gaal following a productive meeting with the Netherlands coach at his Dutch training camp for the World Cup.
Tonight's documentary promises to be must-see TV for Red Devils fans in particular, with Giggs also sharing that he shed tears once his playing career was definitely over following United's final game against Southampton.
A living United legend thought he might be saying goodbye to team-mates and long-serving Red Devils staff following that final Premier League fixture, but thankfully Van Gaal was receptive to the idea of mentoring a fledging coach and keeping a figure who knows the club from top to bottom at close quarters.