Manchester United aren't in turmoil, but they face a very crucial period in their history. 40-year-old Ryan Giggs will take temporary charge of the side he has played with his entire career, and his position represents the only long-term stability the club can look at.
Although long standing players such as Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra are still very much part of the side, they are both coming to the end of their glittering careers. Giggs, although a veteran in terms of footballing age, is a youngster when you turn your attention to management. Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt are all new at management, but you can most definitely turn to them for knowledge. Let's not forget either, that Giggs has a lot of coaching badges too.
Wayne Rooney is the only real player that has been key and at the club for a long time, closely followed by Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick. There is no mix between youth and experience, the bridge is too far. What the current coaching set up does offer though, is huge success, and personality. With experience under Sir Alex Ferguson, they can certainly present a bright future if they get it right.
The class of 92 appear to be back and will no doubt enjoy this coaching stint with no real pressure on them. Although Giggs is not reportedly being considered for the permanent job at Old Trafford, Carrington presents a great chance to increase his learning and steer the ship at the end of this campaign. Phil Neville is still a permanent fixture in the coaching team and Paul Scholes has been coaching this season, although for the younger sides and not in a permanent position.
Although United will be looking for a new strong coach to lead the club for the future, it would most definitely be worth having Giggs, Scholes, Neville and Butt beside them for advice on the club, and in turn the players can ask the manager for advice.
Whilst too many cooks may be at risk of spoiling the broth as it were, if positions could be found for them then United would avoid what we have just seen; the failure to hand the mantle successfully. If they were in position ready when the time came, they could take over seamlessly.
Manchester United need their veteran now more than ever. Every footballer is well aware of the genius footballing mind Giggs possesses, and acknowledge his future role lies in management. If United can get it right, his stability will lead the club back to success in English football.
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