Phil Neville believes Ryan Giggs is a Manchester United manager in waiting, after the veteran midfielder called time on his playing career to focus on his role as assistant to the newly-appointed Louis van Gaal.
In a surprise announcement on Monday, the 40-year-old revealed his retirement hours after the Holland head coach had been confirmed as the permanent successor to David Moyes at Old Trafford.
Giggs had been in interim charge of Red Devils first-team affairs for the final four games of the 2013/14 campaign, following the former Everton boss' sacking in April.
And Neville - who worked under his former team-mate and friend after retaining his role in the coaching set-up despite Moyes's departure - thinks that the Welshman's short spell at the helm could be a glimpse of the future.
"I think he's doing everything right to prepare himself for that opportunity," Neville told GiveMeSport at Wentworth on Wednesday, during the celebrity Pro-Am ahead of the BMW PGA Championship.
"The four games he had at the end of the season was a wonderful insight to what he does possess as management material."
Unlike Giggs, Neville's role is yet to be clarified following the appointment of Van Gaal, who will link up with Manchester United after the World Cup this summer, where he is currently tasked with guiding Holland to glory in Brazil.
Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout have already been confirmed as coaches that will follow the Dutchman to Old Trafford, but Neville doesn't think that should have any detrimental impact on Giggs's progress in his new non-playing role.
"I think he'll continue to learn and develop as a coach now, and I'm sure there will be bigger things to come," he reflected.
"His career path tells you that everything he does he does it well and succeeds so that will obviously continue."