Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Ryan Giggs could have succeeded him as manager of the club if the Welshman retired from playing early.
Ferguson retired in 2013 but Giggs carried on, playing his final season under David Moyes before hanging up his boots and moving into an assistant manager role alongside Louis van Gaal.
Giggs has spent his whole career at Man United and was part of the famed ‘Class of 92.’ He was the longest lasting member of those particular set of academy graduates as he played for the club for more than 20 years.
The Welshman is being backed to be van Gaal’s successor at Old Trafford at the end of next season but Ferguson feels that he could already have been manager had he retired as a player when he was 35.
Ferguson said: “Say he had retired at, say, 35, quite likely I would have made him my assistant and quite likely he could have moved straight into the job with the experience of being an assistant manager to me as he is doing with Louis Van Gaal at the moment.
“But I would never have asked a player to quit.”
It is clear that Ferguson is backing his former player to thrive in a managerial role. Giggs has been at United so long it is clear he knows the identity of the club and definitely has the experience from being in the game for so long.
There are some supporters who have doubts over the 41-year-old given he is yet to take charge of a team at any level for an extended period of the time. It could be too big of an ask for Giggs’s first job to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world but it is obvious that Ferguson feels he can achieve great things as United manager.