Duo urge Ryan Giggs to make Manchester United exit

Date published: Tuesday 24th May 2016 11:17

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Chris Coleman and Robbie Savage have both implored their former Wales team-mate Ryan Giggs to end his 28-year association with Manchester United.

Giggs’ future at Old Trafford is unclear with Louis van Gaal’s reign now over and former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tipped as the man to replace him.

Whether assistant manager Giggs, who joined United on his 14th birthday in November 1987 and went on to become the club’s most decorated player in making a record 963 appearances, stays at Old Trafford remains to be seen.

But Wales boss Coleman believes Giggs could actually benefit from a change of scenery and prove that is he the man to manage United one day.

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“It will be hard for him to leave (United) but it might also give him that little bit of a spark,” said Coleman.

“It would be a new challenge for him, something different and out of his comfort zone.

“He’s a legend at United, but if he goes somewhere else he may find that little bit of a spring in his step.

“He’s never been afraid of a challenge, I know that.

“He’s a determined character and it could work in his favour coming away from something he’s known for so long because you can get a bit stale.

“I’m not saying that he has, but it might be a bit of a kick-start for him.”

Giggs has spent the three seasons since Alex Ferguson’s retirement as United’s number two, first to David Moyes and then in the last two years to van Gaal.

And Coleman has no qualms that Giggs can make the step up and become a manager in his own right.

“As a man, has Giggsy got what it takes? Yes, definitely,” said Coleman.

“He’s quite quiet but underneath that there is a very determined and strong character and a person the players will like.

“He’s got all that experience working with Moyes and Van Gaal, and obviously his time with Fergie as well, and could definitely do the job.

“Whether he’s a good coach, I don’t know. I’ve never seen him coach but he can get someone in for that.

“Man United is a massive job. So maybe he would be better going and cutting his teeth somewhere else and proving he has what it takes to then go back there.”


Savage on Giggs future

Savage, meanwhile, feels United would be worse off without Giggs – but fully understands why their record appearance holder might need to leave.

“I feel sorry for Giggsy,” Savage said. “I believe when Fergie went they should have been brave and given him the job instead of Moyes and then they should have given it to him when Van Gaal got it.

“So now he’s been overlooked again, that’s three times now. I think on one of those occasions he should have got it. He knows Manchester United off by heart.

“Look at Pep Guardiola at Barca, Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. I’ve got sympathy with Giggsy. I would have liked to have seen them give it to him.”

Giggs has to decide whether to stay under Mourinho, gleaning tips from one of the most successful coaches in the game, or leave and gain more responsibility elsewhere.

“If I was Giggsy now I would look to start my career as a manager somewhere else,” Savage said.

“If it’s lower down fine, as low down as he wants to manage, but don’t forget he’s got terrific experience and what he’s won as a player is second to none.

“He’s been involved in too poor campaigns from two previous managers and maybe he’s been tarnished a bit but it wasn’t him making those decisions.

“If Giggsy can go out and make his own decisions now, do well somewhere, he can come back and the United job will be his.”

After joining United’s academy on his 14th birthday, Giggs went on to make a record 963 appearances for the club, winning 13 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice.

United have not finished higher than fourth since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and Savage says the club will be all the poorer without their former star.

“If he left it would be a shame for United and a shame for Mourinho,” Savage added.

“He’s someone who knows the football club better than anyone so of course he would be extremely valuable to Mourinho.

“He’s been a magnificent player there but he has to do what is best for him now and I think what’s best for him is to go.”

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