Much has been said about the Manchester United managerial vacancy.
Dutch boss Louis van Gaal is the favourite to be given the role on a permanent basis at odds of 1/6, but current interim boss Ryan Giggs surely has to be given consideration?
United kicked-off Giggs reign as temporary boss with a 4-0 victory over relegation-threatened Norwich on Saturday.
The first half display was not great, but the Red Devils came out in the second half with far more purpose and started to look like the team that won the Premier League title last season.
The players looked far more confident and willing to express themselves with Giggs on the sidelines, than they did under former-boss David Moyes.
Under the Scot the players did not look like they were enjoying playing and in the end it looked as if the team had stopped playing for their under-fire boss. Whether it was a conscious move by the players or they just did not feel motivated under Moyes is debatable.
However, the team that took to the pitch in the second half against Norwich looked far more purposeful and fired-up. I wonder if they would have produced the same reaction if Moyes would have still been in charge?
The main reason for the improvement of United’s performance I suspect was the respect that the players have for their interim boss. Giggs has been there and done it all in a United shirt in over 20 years as a player.
The Welshman is a true United legend and hero. There was nobody better placed to take care of the club on a temporary basis, as he knows the club inside out and he also knows the players. To have the likes of Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes alongside him in United dugout is also quite nostalgic.
The problem that Giggs currently faces is his lack of managerial experience. While everybody’s got to start somewhere, the United job is a big one at the moment. The United squad needs rebuilding this summer and the right decisions need to be made.
Other bosses such as Van Gaal have been in similar situations before and can call on their experience, but Giggs is still relatively green even as a coach, never mind a manager. Appointing Giggs would be considered a massive gamble by many.
The general consensus is that Manchester United now need a proven high-profile boss, who has won trophies and knows how to build team and that is why Van Gaal is considered favourite for the job.
Some of United’s senior stars such as Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have came out and backed Giggs for the role on a full-time basis.
United’s Danish keeper Anders Lindegaard has even rather strangely compared the Welshman to former-Barcelona and now Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, which is slightly over-the-top considering Giggs has been in charge of the Red Devils for a week and just one game.
Giggs does seem the popular choice amongst the players, but it is not the players that will choose the next boss.
Talks with Louis van Gaal have apparently been relatively successful so far, but the United hierarchy are also believed to be looking at other options, with likes of Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp all being linked with the job.
Even Manchester United fans would have to admit that all those bosses would probably more sensible appointments than Ryan Giggs at the moment. United cannot afford to error in their next choice of boss and they will most likely choose an experienced boss.
Ryan Giggs may one day make a great Manchester United boss. The Welshman obviously has the passion for the club and is loved by the fans. However, it would currently be a major task to take on for such an inexperienced boss.
Giggs should be kept on the United coaching staff and learn his trade as a coach further in the next few years and then hopefully one day he could take on the challenge of managing United on a full-time basis.
For now though Giggs has to do the best he can in the final three games of the season and attempt to put the smiles back on United fans faces. Who knows Giggs could go on to become a great United manager as well as a player and it could not happen to a more popular guy at Old Trafford.
Should Ryan Giggs be the permanent Manchester United boss?