Wednesday 28 September 2016

Manchester United legends support the claims of Giggs to succeed van Gaal at Old Trafford

Published 15/03/2016 | 23:27

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and assistant manager Ryan Giggs
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and assistant manager Ryan Giggs

Manchester United legends appear to be coming out in force to support the claims of Ryan Giggs to succeed Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, with Dwight Yorke the latest to join the chorus backing the Welshman to take over.

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The comments offered up by former United skipper and club ambassador Bryan Robson suggesting United great Giggs could repeat the success of two-time Champions League winning boss Pep Guardiola after he came through the ranks at Barcelona before shining as the club’s manager were viewed by many as a message that Old Trafford chiefs were pushing for an in-house appointment to replace the much-maligned Van Gaal.

Now Robson’s fellow United ambassador Yorke has served up his vocal backing for former team-mates Giggs, with his intervention either coincidently timed or a orchestrated PR move to try and position the novice tactician for the top job.

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been strongly linked with a move to replace Van Gaal at United, but Yorke’s views suggest there may be a different agenda at Old Trafford in the coming months.

“You have to accept that Jose Mourinho has been a great manager, but if there is a change of manager at Manchester United and Van Gaal goes then it will be Ryan Giggs," he told 888 Sport.

“For Manchester United now there is no candidate out there. There is no question in my mind who should get the job.

“If they don’t either this season or next season then Giggs won’t be around anymore because he has served his time. If he can’t make the step up after three years, after seeing all he has seen, then when? After ten?

“Look at how football is changing. In Spain’s top three all the managers are young ex players. You have Pep who is coming over, a young manager at 45. There’s Pochettino at Spurs and Conte in Italy and Gary Neville is being given a chance.

“You’ll find now in the next five years there will be more ex-players managing football teams because there is a new generation of managers coming through. The old ones are fizzling out.

“The likes of Sam Allardyce may hang on in there for another year or two, but the new generation are coming.”

Following the script Robson used in his interview, Yorke went on to criticise United’s performances this season, as he suggested Van Gaal’s side have done little to play in a manner that befits the club.

“It isn’t good enough what is happening at the football club and we can point the finger at the manager most of the time but the reality is that the players aren’t performing or doing anything significant,” he added.

“They are huffing and puffing and too many players are having too many average games. It is just not Manchester United. Bar the young players such as (Anthony) Martial I think the so-called stars, the senior players, really haven’t performed.

“I cannot look at any of them and think they have been outstanding. Normally there is at least one. In Fergie’s days they would all be told they’re leaving the club.”

It appears that a pattern is developing here and Mourinho is no longer being championed as the potential savior of Manchester United.

Instead, Giggs appears to be the name in the frame to take over from Van Gaal once more.

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