Paul Scholes hopes his former teammate Ryan Giggs can become the Manchester United manager in the future.
Louis van Gaal is expected to see out his three-year contract with the Red Devils, which expires in the summer of 2017, and Scholes hopes Giggs will be the man selected to replace the veteran Dutch coach at Old Trafford.
Giggs has been working as Van Gaal’s assistant since last summer - and Scholes feels this will ultimately put his close friend in good stead to eventually take the job himself on a permanent basis.
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Scholes wants to see Giggs manage Man United
“I don’t think there is a British manager who is currently capable of restoring English clubs to the final stages of the Champions League, and winning the competition again,” Scholes wrote in his latest Independent column. “I take no pleasure in offering that verdict but unfortunately it is the way things are at the moment.
“I hope that it will change in the future and I have high hopes that my friend Ryan Giggs will be handed the reins at Manchester United at some point having served an apprenticeship under Louis van Gaal.”
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United were right to appoint Van Gaal over Giggs
Giggs, of course, took the Manchester United job on a temporary basis following the dismissal of David Moyes during the back-end of last season.
The former Wales international, who retired at the end of the 2013-14 campaign as the most decorated footballer in English football history, won two of his four matches in charge of the team but was not considered for the full-time job due to his lack of experience.
United’s owners, the Glazer family, knew they needed an experienced coach with the reputation to attract big-name players to Old Trafford and subsequently hired Van Gaal, who was working as the head coach of the Netherlands national team at the time.
Despite a series of hiccups, it’s been an inspired decision, with Manchester United now on course to qualify for the Champions League group stages following a one-season absence.
Giggs must prove himself first
But there are no guarantees that Manchester United will look to Giggs after Van Gaal leaves Old Trafford.
It’s possible that United will expect Giggs to prove himself as a manager elsewhere before considering him for one of the most demanding jobs in world football.
A more likely candidate - depending on whether he joins Manchester City beforehand - could be Pep Guardiola, who has previously admitted his desire to coach at Old Trafford.
Who should replace Louis van Gaal when the Dutch coach walks away from Manchester United? Have your say in the comments below!