CARDIFF, WALES – NOVEMBER 19: Ryan Giggs Manager of Wales celebrates at full time during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group E Qualifier match between Wales and Hungary at the Cardiff City Stadium on November 19, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
Ryan Giggs is undoubtedly one of Manchester United’s greatest ever players, but could he one day come back to the club as manager?
It is a question asked by many reds as we watch on seeing his success at Wales, leading Dan James and co to the Euros next summer in his first experiences of qualification football.
This is only the third competitive tournament Wales have qualified in their history, which shows how good a job Giggs has done.
Many Welsh supporters didn’t think Giggs was the right appointment due to the apparent lack of commitment he had towards the national team during his playing days, but boy has he proved them wrong.
Could he do well at United? That is very much up for debate.
He has taken charge of four games at the cub already, albeit as caretaker manager, beating Norwich and Hull, drawing against Southampton and probably most noticeably losing at home to Sunderland.
These games gave Giggs a taste of what overseeing the biggest club in the world tasted like, and undoubtedly left him hungry for more – if he does get his chance is another question.
He spent the next season as Van Gaal’s right hand man, learning from one of the most experienced managers in world football, even if he did bring, in my opinion, the worst football we have seen in the years after Sir Alex left to Old Trafford.
Despite the failure that Van Gaal was, Giggs learnt a lot from the Dutchman, just as he did from Sir Alex himself, and more than likely from David Moyes. He would have noted their managing techniques, training ideas and other elements that us fans don’t even know a manager needed to do.
The Welshmen obviously knows the club’s history, being a big part of many of the glory years, so he knows what the fans expect the team to play. He also has the fans on his side, just like Ole did (and still does in the most) at the start of his time at the club. These points are clearly positives from the Welshmen, and ones both he, and Mr Woodward will think about if he needs to, with Woodward undoubtedly seeing Giggs as another ‘safe’ option.
For me, the main downside is his lack of experience managing at club football. Yes he has been at Wales for a while now, but as we all know, international football is a whole different board game to the intensity of club football.
I personally feel, for us to even think about appointing Giggsy, he needs to have managed, and succeeded at another football club first, just like Lampard did before he went to Chelsea, and Gerrard is doing before eventually taking the main man’s role at Liverpool. This experience would help him to get a feeling of managing a club, other than United, for a period of time, and use it as a steppingstone which he needs to get noticed at United.
Giggs could easily be a future manager of Manchester United, but not just yet.
Ole is here to stay, we need to back him, and forget about the likes of Giggs and Pochettino, for now.
What do you think?