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Saturday 23 August 2014

Phelan sees bright future for Giggs

Published 19/05/2014 | 17:12

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Mike Phelan believes Ryan Giggs, pictured, has a bright managerial future ahead of him

Former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan believes Ryan Giggs is set for a glittering future as a top-flight manager after he was confirmed as number two to new United boss Louis van Gaal on Monday.

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Giggs has brought an end to his playing career in order to focus fully on his new role in the dugout and Phelan believes it is only the start of great things for the Old Trafford hero.

Phelan told BBC Radio Five Live: "Ryan is Manchester United through and through, and today is a day of condolences as well because he has actually retired from playing at the ripe old age of 40.

"His career has been magnificent but he can now focus on the next phase of his career which is hopefully coaching and managing.

"He definitely has experience on his side and he has the name and the clout behind him because of who he is and what he has achieved.

"I think (Premier League management) is the natural progression for Ryan, and I think it will happen in the next two or three years."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter paid tribute to Giggs via his official Twitter account. Blatter posted: "Ryan Giggs has retired. Remarkable career by a loyal, legendary @ManUtd entertainer. 963 games. 34 trophies. 1 club".

Meanwhile, former United midfielder Ray Wilkins believes the club's decision to offer Giggs the role of Van Gaal's assistant is a wise move.

Wilkins told BBC Radio Five Live: "Ryan knows what Manchester United are all about and Louis has been very clever in appointing him. He knows what the club is all about.

"Ryan Giggs has worked for the last 20-odd years with the best coach the world has ever seen in Sir Alex Ferguson, so he has learned off the very, very best.

"It is also key the likes of Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt will remain at Old Trafford as well."

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