Nemanja Vidic gets involved in debate over next Manchester United manager

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Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic has admitted that he likes the idea of Ryan Giggs becoming the club's next manager, but he's admitted that Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho is one of the greatest ever. 

It has long been documented that both Giggs and Mourinho are in the running to replace Louis van Gaal at the helm in Manchester.

Dutchman Van Gaal has endured a tricky stint at the club recently - United currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table and are on the verge of failing to qualify for next season's Champions League competition - so it's not entirely surprising that his long-term future at the club is far from certain. 


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Vidic, of course, departed the Theatre of Dreams before Van Gaal's arrival, but United fans will certainly appreciate their former captain's thoughts on the club's potential next manager. 

The Serbian, who recently retired from the game after a tricky spell at Inter Milan, has insisted that his former teammate, Giggs, will know whether he's ready for the top job. 

Vidic has his say 

"I like the idea of Giggsy, but Mourinho has had success in the past," the 34-year-old told the BBC. "It's a hard choice. Is Giggsy ready or not? He knows. The club knows. I believe they will have an honest conversation.

"I want someone who knows the club and does the best for the club. I shared a dressing room with him. I know he will do that.

"Mourinho plays football in a certain way, that is well known, but I definitely respect Mourinho as a manager. He is one of the greatest ever, along with Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson."

Over the coming weeks and months, the managerial debate will continue to rumble on, but it's unlikely that it will be resolved until the end of the season. 

Immediate focus

The long-term future of Manchester United may well be shrouded in doubt, but the club's faithful will be desperate to see the club perform on the pitch against Liverpool tonight.

United head into the game with it all to do, of course - they trail their rivals by two goals to nil after the first leg - but will still believe that they can overturn the deficit.

With a number of players on the sidelines, it's going to take something very special from Van Gaal's side to complete an unlikely fightback. 

On last week's showing, it appears almost inconceivable that the club will be able to beat Klopp's side by three goals, but stranger things have happened. United fans will be hoping to see the likes of Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and co. inspire their side to another historic European night. 

Manchester United fans: who should replace Van Gaal as your club's manager? Have your say below! 

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