Manchester United legend Sammy McIlroy believes it is ‘obvious’ that Ryan Giggs is being groomed to become the next manager of the club.
Giggs became assistant to Louis van Gaal after retiring from playing in the summer and the strong belief is that after four games in charge at the end of last season, his desire to become full time manager is stronger than ever. “It seems obvious to anyone that Ryan Giggs is being moulded into a future United manager and he seems to really want it considering how well he took to it in his four games in the role at the end of the season,” McIlroy told TalkOfTheDevils.com. “What Ryan Giggs has done for Manchester United will never be repeated again. He is fantastic and knows the club inside out – now he’s retired, it’s a great stepping stone for him to be working under someone with the experience of Louis van Gaal.”
United’s season didn’t get off to the best of starts last week with a disappointing defeat to Swansea. Van Gaal was interviewed by Gary Neville for the Telegraph where he appeared to re-affirm that he is here for a three year project and McIlroy believes that Giggs’ assistance will prove crucial to the potential success of the legendary Dutch coach.
“I think Ryan will be a great help to van Gaal because of how he knows the club,” insists the Northern Irishman. “He knows the players well, everything about their personalities and temperaments. He will have to separate his feelings as a team mate to now being an assistant but we saw from the four games in charge that he wasn’t afraid of making a decision. We’ll never forget what Ryan did as a player but now that part of his career is over and he needs to focus on being as good a coach as he can be.”