Manchester United legend and current assistant manager Ryan Giggs insists he would consider leaving the club he has spent 27 years at in order to gain first hand managerial experience.
Giggs was appointed as Louis van Gaal‘s assistant in the summer after announcing his retirement from playing but it seems the Welshman will only consider leaving the Old Trafford dugout for the right job.
Speaking at the launch of his DVD, Life of Ryan, an extended version of the TV documentary broadcast when Giggs was appointed caretaker manager of the club back in April, Giggs said: “I’ve been at the club for so long that I’m familiar with the club, but if I want to further my coaching career or managing career and if it’s not at Manchester United then so be it but I’ll just have to wait and see.”
Giggs, who turns 41 at the weekend, has now had a few months to settle into his new role as assistant to van Gaal and the former winger spoke positively about the new manager and what it is like working under the Dutchman.
“He obviously demands a lot, he’s somebody who’s got plenty of experience, likes to play attacking football, likes to give youth a chance so there’s plenty of synergy there with the history of Manchester United and the traditions so it’s great to learn from somebody who’s managed at the top for so long and just try to learn as I go and try to prove myself as a coach.
“It’s an apprenticeship, it’s starting all over again.”
Giggs will take his seat in the dugout once again this weekend against Hull City and he’ll be hoping it’s a happy birthday for himself as United go chasing their third league victory in a row.