Manchester United hero Ryan Giggs has hinted that the unthinkable could well happen in the relatively near future, and he could leave the club to continue his development as a manager.
The 40-year-old, who spent the duration of his lengthy playing career at Old Trafford, became Louis van Gaal’s assistant when the Dutchman took over this summer, but it appears he has ambitions of one day being the main man in the dugout.
Giggs admitted to Sky Sports that he would be prepared to leave United if that was what it took to climb the ladder in the managerial game. Cue heartbreak from Red Devils fans the world over. Not only was the mercurial winger one of the most influential players ever, but he's also adorned by virtually all supporters, and his loss would be a devastating blow.
It makes sense to assume he'll remain at Old Trafford for at least the remainder of this campaign, as he's been an important member of Van Gaal's team thus far, but after that it's anyone's guess what the future holds.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, as Van Gaal has been boosted by news that six players could be ready to return from injury imminently. Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard are said to be well on the mend.
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Falcao, who joined United on loan this summer from AS Monaco, will perhaps be the player fans are looking forward to seeing the most, given the fact that he's yet to produce the sort of form he's clearly capable of.
As for Evans, Jones, Rojo and Rafael they will add defensive solidity to Van Gaal's back-line at a time when it's desperately needed, and even the return of the exciting Lingard should be a catalyst for optimism moving forward.
- Sir Alex Ferguson approached Carlo Ancelotti to see if the Italian wanted to become the new Manchester United manager when he retired, according to reports. It's claimed that the Real Madrid boss has twice been offered the chance to take the Old Trafford hot-seat, but has rejected the opportunity both times.