Rio Ferdinand: Ryan Giggs as coach is a masterstroke

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand reckons making Ryan Giggs player-coach is a masterstroke by David Moyes.

And Ferdinand is tipping his Welsh team-mate to one day be manager at Old Trafford.

New boss Moyes promoted Giggs and former United player Phil Neville to his coaching team in a major backroom reshuffle.

The Scot got rid of Mike Phelan and Eric Steele — who were key men of Alex Ferguson’s bootroom — and replaced them with Steve Round and Chris Woods, who worked under him at Everton.

Ferdinand said: “This is the per-fect situation. It was a masterstroke to put Giggsy on the coaching staff because he’s got the experience, he is an icon at the football club, he’s got the respect of the players and he can be a great sounding board for the manager.

“Also, bringing in an ex-player like Phil Neville, who has got a great work ethic and who is just starting his coaching career, is a good move.

“It’s just great to have some players who are entwined in the club’s history to be part of his staff — but also to have his people coming in to give new ideas.”

Ferdinand is convinced that 39-year-old Giggs is a future manager.

He insisted: “He’s got the bug for it and I think he wants it.

“He’s doing his coaching badge to give himself the best opportunity to do that, so I don’t see why not.

“They always say great players don’t always make for great managers but I think he will go into management and then we’ll have to wait and see.”

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