Alex Ferguson believes Ryan Giggs should take up the position of Manchester United manager on a full-time basis following the sacking of David Moyes, according to a report on the Daily Telegraph website on Friday.
“I think that he is the one man they should go to really,” the Telegraph quoted Ferguson saying of Giggs at a charity function earlier this week.
“He’s got 20-odd years of experience at Manchester United. I signed him as a kid at 13 years of age. He’s gone through the gamut of emotions at the club – he’s experienced all the highs and lows.
“He knows exactly what’s needed to be a Manchester United player.”
But whether Giggs himself will be quite so keen to have Ferguson’s support is another matter.
For it was largely on the word of former United manager Ferguson, who retired at the end of last season as British football’s most successful boss, that Moyes was appointed to succeed him at Old Trafford, with his fellow Scot dubbed ‘The Chosen One’ as a result by the club’s fans.
However, this week seventh-placed United sacked Moyes just 10 months into a six-year contract after it became mathematically impossible for the reigning English champions, who will finish a trophy-less campaign with their lowest points total of the Premier League era, to qualify for next season’s lucrative European Champions League.
The 50-year-old’s exit came after a 2-0 defeat at Moyes’ former club Everton.
Giggs was promoted on Tuesday from his position as player-coach to interim player-manager for the club’s final four games of the season, starting with Saturday’s match at home to Norwich.
It is believed United’s US-based owners, the Glazer family, are looking to bring in a manager with a proven record of success such as Louis van Gaal, now in charge of the Dutch national team, or Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti.
Giggs,40, said he had wasted little time in speaking to Ferguson – United’s manager for more than 27 years – following his promotion.
“He was the first person I picked up the phone to,” Giggs told a United news conference on Friday.
“Why wouldn’t I? He’s been everything you can as a manager – a young manager, an experienced manager, a successful manager.”