Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has cast fresh doubts over the long-term future of close friend Ryan Giggs, who he believes will want a crack at management before his three-year deal to be Louis van Gaal's assistant expires.
Giggs is working as Van Gaal's number two to soak up valuable experience before embarking on his own coaching career, but it remains to be seen how long that relationship lasts.
Scholes clearly thinks the Welshman might not bide his time and wait for United to decide if he's the man to succeed Van Gaal, because that will require tremendous patience.
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Will Giggs play the waiting game?
When quizzed about his former team-mates position by BT Sport following United's last-gasp win over Newcastle there was an acceptance from Scholes that he could go elsewhere.
In quotes carried by the Manchester Evening News the former midfield maestro said: “There’s no doubt, he had that little taste of it for the last three weeks of last year and he definitely wants to be a manager.
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Caretaker role was a tease
“You can see that. Over the next two or three years, will he have the patience to be a number two for that long? I’m not sure he will.”
Giggs has already got a glimpse into what life is like in the United hotseat, taking caretaker charge of four matches last season after David Moyes was sacked before the end of a disastrous campaign.
United's all-time record appearance holder has done little dampen the view that he'd love to take the big job on permanently one day, which means the Red Devils have a difficult balancing act when it comes to Van Gaal's succession if they share Giggs' view.
Giggs would find alternative offers hard to resist
You have to feel that now Giggs has gained coaching experience and has a UEFA pro licence to match the job offers will come in, but would he leave United to go and make a name for himself elsewhere?
United will certainly hope a 25-year affiliation with the Red Devils will persuade him not to be hasty and keep soaking up information from Van Gaal, but if just as a hypothetical example a club of Everton's stature came calling could he honestly turn down that opportunity?
The Red Devils need to make Giggs feel important and make it clear that long-term he has a genuine chance of replacing Van Gaal, because if not a true living United legend may decide to put himself first and forge a post-playing career elsewhere.
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