Bryan Robson: Ryan Giggs can be Manchester United's Pep Guardiola

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Ryan Giggs must be trusted to succeed Louis van Gaal, according to Manchester United legend Bryan Robson.

Following the confirmation last week that Pep Guardiola will take over at Manchester City this summer, calls have intensified for Jose Mourinho to be named the next United manager.

However, Robson believes the club already have their own Guardiola in the form of his former teammate Giggs.


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Speaking to The Sun the former midfielder said: “Ryan really can be the Pep Guardiola of United, I am sure of it.

“Yes, he’s a quiet lad but that should make no difference. He has always been a deep thinker on the game. He’s worked hard to get to this point.

“They talk about Guardiola being intelligent and having a great football brain. Ryan is no different.

“He just needs the chance to prove what he can do — once Louis van Gaal goes.”

Following his retirement from playing, Guardiola forged his reputation as the brightest managerial talent of his generation at Barcelona.

Promoted to many people’s surprise as Frank Rijkaard’s successor in 2008, Guardiola subsequently led his boyhood club to 14 trophies in just four seasons, including two Champions League triumphs over United.

Guardiola’s innate understanding of Barcelona’s footballing heritage and philosophy was identified as a key reason for his success and Robson sees no reason why Giggs could not do the same.

He commented: “They say it is too big a job for Ryan but he knows what United is all about.

“He represents Manchester United’s soul. He has been at the club since he was 13 and knows what is expected.

“The owners will make their decision and, in terms of Mourinho, I know there have been rumours flying around.

“But there is no stand-out person who could do the job any better than Ryan. Remember, Guardiola was untried as a top- line manager before Barcelona decided to give him his chance.

“The only way we are going to know if Giggsy can do the job is for him to be given it.”

Giggs could be third in line

Despite Robson's best efforts, Mourinho remains the favourite to assume the managerial hot seat at Old Trafford following Van Gaal's departure, whilst recent reports have also linked Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with the job.

Giggs was previously entrusted as interim manager following David Moyes' sacking in April 2014, leading the Red Devils to two league wins and a draw in his four games in charge.

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