Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has urged the club to appoint Ryan Giggs as their next manager – rather than to turn to Jose Mourinho as Louis van Gaal’s successor.
Van Gaal’s contract in the Old Trafford hotseat runs until the end of next season but speculation is mounting that the under-fire Dutchman’s time could come to an end this summer.
Former Chelsea boss Mourinho has reportedly told friends he has an agreement in place to succeed Van Gaal from this summer, but United legend Robson believes that would be a wrong move.
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The 59-year-old is adamant that United should install current assistant manager Giggs – who he feels can have the same impact as incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
“Ryan really can be the Guardiola of United, I am sure of it,” Robson told The Sun. “Yes, he’s a quiet lad but that should make no difference. He has always been a deep thinker on the game. He’s worked hard to get to this point.
“They talk about Guardiola being intelligent and having a great football brain. Ryan is no different. He just needs the chance to prove what he can do once Van Gaal goes.
“There should be no knee-jerk reaction, no panic. Guardiola has a great record but United should not be reacting to what happens at City. United should carry on what was started when Van Gaal arrived.
“It was always said that during Van Gaal’s time as manager Ryan would learn under him, get his pro-licence and be ready for the job. That should still be the case.
“People say Ryan hasn’t got the experience. But he watched how Sir Alex Ferguson worked for 26 years and he’s watching Van Gaal go about things now. He represents United’s soul. He has been at the club since he was 13 and knows what is expected.”