Sir Alex Ferguson backing Ryan Giggs to become Manchester United's next manager
Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Ryan Giggs to become the next manager of Manchester United.
Sunday Mirror Sport revealed last week that United’s owners were looking towards Pep Guardiola as a potential replacement for Louis van Gaal in 2017 because they are worried about Giggs’ lack of management experience.
But Ferguson believes that the Welshman will be ready - and will give him his support in the boardroom.
Ferguson said: “I think Ryan has all the qualities to be a fantastic manager.
“I have heard it said that he will have to go to another club first because he doesn’t have enough experience.
“But he is gaining experience working with Louis van Gaal and he also had experience working with David Moyes and working under me as a player.
“I don’t think that Ryan needs to go anywhere.”
Ferguson’s influence could be important if Van Gaal keeps with his retirement plan to quit at the end of next season.
The former United boss will not have forgotten either that Guardiola turned down the chance to succeed him at Old Trafford in 2013, when he went to Bayern Munich.
But his role in appointing David Moyes as his successor 28 months ago may prompt may prompt executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s American owners to go their own way.
Ferguson, however, feels that Van Gaal may still stick around at United for a few more years.
He said: “Louis has said he will retire in 2017, but I’m not so sure.
“Once you get bitten by the bug at United it is very difficult to walk away.”