Ryan Giggs is now ready to take charge as Manchester United’s next manager if Louis van Gaal is sacked a year early at the end of this campaign, according to club legend Bryan Robson.
Jose Mourinho has long been tipped to be the next boss at Old Trafford but Robson believes United great Giggs, now assistant to Van Gaal, would be a perfect choice to bring back the glorious days.
“The thing for me is that Van Gaal was always going to be a three-year contract with Ryan working under him so that they could see whether he was ready to step in,” Robson said in an interview.
“Ryan was a great player for this club, he loves playing football the United way, he’s done all his badges and for me he’s in the right place at the right time.”
The former England skipper 59-year-old Robson was still at the heart of Manchester United’s midfield when teenageer Giggs broke into the senior team in 1991. The Welsh winger since then went on to make a record 963 appearances and claim an astonishing 34 trophies.
He has been sharing the dugout with van Gaal in what has been a difficult transition period for United after the retirement of Alex Ferguson, who had been in charge for 26 long years, in 2013.
But Robson claims despite a tough situation in the dugout, Giggs has all the credentials needed to revive this squad.
“People say it’s too big a challenge, too big a jump. But I don’t agree. Look at Pep Guardiola, he came through the ranks at Barcelona as a player and then as a young coach and then they trusted him and he stepped up. He was tremendously successful,” Robson said. “It’s the same with Ryan. He knows what this club is all about and the fans would be totally behind the club if they made that decision and totally behind Ryan.”
Recent Twitter rumours over Ryan Giggs leaving Manchester United to take charge as Celtic manager proved to be completely false, but in a new twist last month there were some increasing concerns that he could potentially walk away from Old Trafford if he is not handed the top job soon.
The Welshman however briefly completed a similar caretaker job back in 2014, but some rumours flew around suggesting he is not interested to fill the position on a temporary basis yet again.
It is also believed that the 42-year-old United legend thinks his opportunity to grab the managerial hot seat could be now or never. But at the same time he is said to be torn due to his exceptional loyalty to the club which has remain his lifeline since 1987. With his own ambitions to move upward, it’s completely understandable that Giggs would not prefer to become an assistant yet again next season.