Phil Neville: Ryan Giggs in ‘prime position’ to manage full-time

by Ben Topliss

Phil Neville believes Ryan Giggs is in “prime position” to go into management full time once he makes the step up from the role of assistant manager of Manchester United.

Giggs managed Man United on an interim basis for the final few games of last season before taking up a position as assistant this term.

Louis van Gaal often speaks of how impressed he has been with the Welshman along with his attention to detail.

Neville insisted Giggs is the standout candidate to go into management out of the famous class of 92.

Louis van Gaal Ryan Giggs

Speaking about Giggs’ future, Neville said: ”Well, Ryan has already been a manager for four games. I’ve managed a game with [Paul] Scholesy this season for Salford City – played one, won one but was pushed to the side!

“Gary [Neville] is assistant manager [of England], Nicky [Butt] is manager of younger teams. It’s a difficult one really but I think Ryan is in the prime position. However, if Roy Hodgson steps down and Gary has to step up and opportunities come mine or Paul or Nicky’s way… But I’d say probably Ryan – he’s always done everything first out of all of us in his career so I think that may continue.”

There has been a lot of talk that Giggs will eventually take over at United once van Gaal steps down but it is important not to be too hasty when it comes to making the decision.

Giggs is one of the greatest players to ever play for United but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be a good manager. After all, the club can’t afford to make another mistake following the failed reign of David Moyes.

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