Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has tipped his ex-teammate Ryan Giggs to succeed Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
The 49-year-old, who played for the Red Devils between 1997 and 2001, admits he was surprised when Giggs took the job on a temporary basis following the departure of David Moyes in April 2013 - but thought the Manchester United legend looked comfortable in the hot seat.
Giggs hoped to land the job on a permanent basis in the summer of 2013, but Manchester United opted to employ the experienced Dutch coach Van Gaal instead.
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The Wales legend was, however, appointed assistant manager of Manchester United following a meeting with Van Gaal - and Sheringham feels the experience he is currently gaining will put him in good stead for the main job when Van Gaal leaves Old Trafford in two years time.
"When you saw him in the hot seat the season before last, I think he looked quite comfortable," Sheringham was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "He spoke more than I have ever heard him speak in the press conferences.
"He's a very quiet man, very personal. I was surprised [when he took the job] but I thought he looked at home.
"The experience he'll be getting under Van Gaal will hold him in good stead.
"It wouldn't surprise me if he was the next Manchester United manager."
Man Utd may opt for a more experienced coach
Van Gaal has also tipped Giggs to land the job in the future, but there’s a chance Manchester United officials will opt for another more experienced manager.
Pep Guardiola could be one potential option - unless, of course, the Bayern Munich boss accepts an offer from rivals Manchester City beforehand - while the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone may also find themselves in the frame for the job.
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