Peter Schmeichel believes that Ryan Giggs should leave Manchester United in order to gain experience in a managerial role elsewhere.
Giggs had been serving as Louis van Gaal’s assistant but the latter’s sacking on Monday has thrown the Welshman’s future into doubt.
Incoming boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly offered a new role to Giggs at the club but the Portuguese is not prepared to take him on as his No.2. Schmeichel, who won a famous treble with Giggs during the pair’s playing days at Man United in 1999, insisted that he should move on – for now.
“I think Ryan’s big dream is to one day manage United,” Schmeichel said.
“To be equipped to do that, he has to go away and be a manager at other clubs – standing on his own two feet, making decisions, producing results, getting his own ideas in – rather than step-up from being assistant.
“I think, for him, it would be a good idea to go somewhere else. On the other hand Ryan is a culture bearer. He is someone who knows what the club is, knows the tradition and history – knows everything about it. Whatever he decides, it’s down to him and, whatever he decides, I think that will be the right decision.”
Schmeichel certainly has a point. Giggs could take a lesser role at United while waiting for Mourinho’s tenure to come to an end but there would always be an element of doubt over his lack of experience at the highest level.
If he was to go elsewhere, and succeed, he would return to United with a huge amount of confidence. But, on the other hand, it would be a massive decision if Giggs was to end his 29-year association with the club. It is a precarious position and one that will require some thought when it comes to how best to move forward.