Legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has revealed that Manchester United would not have hired David Moyes or Louis van Gaal as their manager if he was able to have Ryan Giggs as his assistant before he retired.
Ryan Giggs played for Manchester United for 24 years, until he was 40 years old, and became a player/assistant manager in his final season, whilst David Moyes was in charge.
Moyes was sacked before the end of his first season, so Giggs took over management for the remainder of the season. The Welshman lead United to 2 wins, a draw, and a loss.
Then, at the start of the 2014/15 season, Louis van Gaal was hired as Manchester United manager, on a 3 year contract. He also employed Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager.
Sir Alex Ferguson, whilst speaking to the BBC, revealed that if Ryan Giggs had retired 5 years earlier, and spent time under his tutelage, he would most likely be the manager of Manchester United right now.
The Scotsman said:
“If Ryan Giggs had retired six or seven years ago.”
“Say he’d retired at 35, quite likely I’d have made him my assistant, and quite likely he could have moved right into the job, with the experience of being assistant manager to me, as he is helping Louis van Gaal at the moment,”
“But I would never ask a player to quit.”
Manchester United are currently looking into potential successors to Louis van Gaal, as he plans to retire at the end of next season. The favourite to take over the job is Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola.