Throughout the course of Manchester United’s surprisingly fruitless eight game winless streak in recent weeks, Louis van Gaal has seen his once immovable presence at Old Trafford shaken in light of his side’s progressively poor form in the Premier League.
The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is seemingly running out of time with the Red Devils right in the here and now – and although Wayne Rooney and co. could still theoretically turn things around this season – the pressure mounting over van Gaal has intensified in the run up to the New Year.
So then, with Ryan Giggs arguably representing the ideal candidate to step in and save the Old Trafford faithful from their current fate under Louis van Gaal, should Manchester United simply give the former left-winger a chance to shine in the managerial dug-out sooner rather than later?
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Well, as was made obviously clear throughout his notorious playing days at Old Trafford, Ryan Giggs is someone who knows what it takes to succeed with the Red Devils. He easily goes down as one of the most reliable players to ever pull on the famed Manchester United jersey across his expansive spell with the long-standing Premier League outfit.
The Welshman likely knows most of the working staff at the club from top to bottom, his relationship with the Old Trafford faithful hardly needs strengthening with all things duly considered – and as the 42-year-old has held the fort down as caretaker manager for the Red Devils in the past – Giggs clearly deserves careful consideration when the Manchester United hierarchy eventually select Louis van Gaal’s hotly anticipated successor.
He may fail to represent the most experienced candidate for the job if we’re all being honest with the situation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t best suited to the role at Old Trafford. This is a man who worked under Sir Alex Ferguson during his playing days after all, and could surely call upon his ex-boss if handed that added responsibility down in the Red Devils dug-out.
However, because Manchester United’s next chosen leader may very well go down as the most important managerial appointment in the club’s recent history, perhaps Ryan Giggs should nonetheless stay put as an assistant coach at Old Trafford – at least for the foreseeable future.
Let’s face it – despite spending a great deal of wasted resources behind the scenes at United in the past few transfer windows – the post-Ferguson era hasn’t exactly gone according to plan in the cold light of day.
The Red Devils potentially risk falling behind their Premier League opposition for good if something doesn’t change rather dramatically next summer, yet that still doesn’t allow the Old Trafford bosses to be careless in their approach.
Although the nostalgia surrounding Ryan Giggs’ potential promotion to the managerial hot-seat would make fantastic headline reading across the entire country, the once quick-footed Welshmen maybe isn’t ready to take on such a massive task at this particular stage in his career.
He arguably needs a little more time to learn from some of the best coaches around before making such a leap, which therefore places van Gaal’s immediate successor under even more pressure.
It ultimately seems as if Manchester United’s Dutch tactician will leave his current post one way or another by the start of next season, but with the likes of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola possibly available for when the 2016/17 campaign finally begins to get underway, the Red Devils would seem silly not to move for such undeniable talent just because Ryan Giggs seemingly deserves a fair crack at the whip at some stage.
So, although the former Old Trafford winger could one day make an ideal managerial candidate for the Red Devils bosses to consider, now is not the time to be making any hasty decisions regarding the illustrious Manchester United dug-out.