David Beckham believes former teammate Ryan Giggs will make a perfect Manchester United manager some day, citing the Welshman’s appreciation and understanding of the club as useful tools.
Giggs was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s assistant manager last summer when the Dutchman joined, and the general consensus is that he’s being groomed to one day take over in the dugout.
Van Gaal's successor?
Whilst Van Gaal’s departure date from United remains unscheduled there is a buzz regarding who might replace him.
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Giggs is certainly one of the most popular candidates in that respect, and though he might not be quite ready if the Dutchman steps down a year from now, Beckham is confident he will succeed eventually.
“He’s manager material. He’s got that streak that runs through him that you need to be a top manager," Beckham said, in an interview with talkSPORT.
“He has learnt from Sir Alex Ferguson over the years, he is learning from Van Gaal now. He is taking his time, doing all the right things, and without a doubt all Man United fans would like to see Giggsy, at some point, be manager of Manchester United.
“To have played for the club the amount he has and have that appreciation and understanding of how Manchester United is, he would be perfect at some point to step in.”
the people's choice
Indeed, Beckham is far from the only high-profile figure to have backed Giggs’ claim for ascension to the Old Trafford throne.
He’s very much the choice of the people too, meaning there’s very little standing in his way of becoming Van Gaal’s replacement.
Of course, being a great player for a club - and, apparently, a great assistant coach - doesn’t automatically make you management material, so generous optimism should probably be guarded against.
At the same time, though, Giggs has been learning from arguably two of the game’s greatest ever managers in Sir Alex Ferguson and Van Gaal. If he’s consumed but a fraction of their collective wisdom he’ll have an extremely strong foundation to begin with.
Here’s to hoping his aura of Old Trafford invincibility doesn’t shatter under the pressure if and when he’s given his shot.
United fans, is Giggs a logical replacement for Van Gaal as manager? Let us know in the comments box below.