Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson firmly believes Ryan Giggs can be the club’s answer to Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City recently confirmed that the Spaniard will replace Manuel Pellegrini as manager at the end of the season and although it was not a surprise, it sends a big statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford as Man United search for a new boss capable of dealing Guardiola.
However, Robson has urged Ed Woodward to overlook Mourinho and give the role to Giggs when Louis van Gaal leaves.
“Ryan really can be the Pep Guardiola of United, I am sure of it,” he said.
“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 Louis van Gaal goes. He represents Manchester United’s soul. He has been at the club since he was 13 and knows what is expected.
“The owners will make their decision and, in terms of Mourinho, I know there have been rumours flying around. But there is no stand-out person who could do the job any better than Ryan.
Sorry Bryan but I’m going to have to disagree with you wholeheartedly here. Absolutely nothing indicates Giggs is ready for the job other than that he’s been at the club since he was a teenager and has plenty of passion for United, he loves the club and nobody is denying that.
However, United are not in the position now to take that sort of risk. What Robson doesn’t mention is the fact Guardiola spent some time managing Barcelona’s B team, just like Zinedine Zidane did at Real Madrid, and that at least gave them some sort of experience. Giggs only has four matches as our interim manager under his belt.
The thought of Giggs taking over from van Gaal scares me. Yes, it could work out wonderfully well but there is every chance it could be a catastrophe and Giggs’ name would be tarnished. I’d love to see him as United manager in the future after he’s got some experience under his belt but just feel it’s a risk we can’t take at the moment, sorry Ryan.