Paul Merson feels Ryan Giggs would be the ideal man to replace Louis van Gaal when the Dutchman’s time at Manchester United comes to an end.
Van Gaal is coming under increasing pressure as his Man United side struggle to find form in the Premier League, having already been knocked out of the group stages of the Champions League. United are without a win in their past six games and are out of the top four following the loss to Norwich City on Saturday, with many calling for the manager’s head.
Giggs is currently assistant to van Gaal, having performed the same role for David Moyes when he was at the helm at Old Trafford. The Welshman has no prior managerial experience, but Merson feels he is the right man for the job.
“Look at Ryan Giggs. I think he’s perfect for United. He’s been there, knows the club and the players and is already popular with the fans,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“He’s been part of the coaching set-up as well. He just fits. But are we talking about him as United’s next manager?
“If Louis van Gaal gets sacked it’s because he hasn’t got United into the top four. Well, their next manager will have to hit the ground running if he wants to do better.”
It is an interesting statement from Merson, who seems to be calling for someone to bring instant stability and a return to top form as soon as possible.
Giggs may not be that man given he has never managed a team full-time before, but Merson continued: “They can’t afford to bring in someone who doesn’t know the Premier League and needs six months to get used to it.”
Appointing Giggs as manager could be a fairytale story for United, with the former winger having now been at the club for over two decades. Having come through the youth ranks to play for the first team, Giggs becoming manager would mean he was done all there is for United over his time at the club.
However, will fans want a manager with no experience? The last time they hired a manager who had not won a trophy was David Moyes and the Scot lasted less than a season before being shown the door. Despite the brilliant story around Giggs taking the reigns, the consequences could be too severe for the club to face.