David Beckham has admitted he would like to see his former teammate Ryan Giggs become manager of Manchester United in the future.
The retired winger, who spent 11 years with the Red Devils before joining Real Madrid in 2003 following a high-profile bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson, believes it would be fitting if Giggs takes the reigns at Old Trafford one day.
Giggs has been working as Manchester United’s assistant manager since the summer of 2014 after being selected by Louis van Gaal. The Welshman had previously managed United on an interim basis following the dismissal of David Moyes but was not handed the job on a full-time basis due to his lack of experience.
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But Beckham, talking about the famed ‘Class of 92’, is convinced Giggs has what it takes to enter the hot-seat in the future.
“The players and the staff we had going through from such a young age, that’s what drove us on,” Beckham was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. “It wasn’t about fame or earning as much money as you can. It was all about wanting to play for United.
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“I think the prime example is Ryan Giggs. To be a player who has represented one club through his career, that doesn’t happen anymore. For a player to have represented his club and his country the way he has and now, at some point, he will hopefully become United manager in the future.
“He was the one that set the benchmark for us. He was the one we looked up to and yet he was only a year or two older than us. We never reached his heights because he is one of the best players of all time.
“We were just lucky enough to become team-mates of his. We looked at him and said, ‘If the manager is giving Giggsy a chance at such a young age, then maybe at some point he will give us a chance’.”
Giggs or Guardiola?
Van Gaal himself has backed Giggs to become Manchester United manager after he walks away from the club in 2017, while another ex-teammate of the former Wales international, Teddy Sheringham, said last month that he wouldn’t be surprised if Old Trafford officials hand him the job in a couple of years time.
But 2017 might still be a little too early for Giggs to manage one of the world’s biggest football clubs.
Manchester United might also be tempted to make a move, provided he’s available at the time, for Pep Guardiola. The former Barcelona coach has been quoted as saying he would love to manage the Red Devils one day, but there’s a chance that Manchester City will lure him to the Etihad Stadium beforehand.
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