Paul Scholes hopeful that Ryan Giggs stays at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Paul Scholes is hopeful that incoming Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho can find a role for Ryan Giggs at the club.

Giggs had been serving as assistant manager to Louis van Gaal prior to the Dutchman’s sacking on Monday.

The original plan had been for Giggs to take over at Old Trafford after van Gaal had seen out his three-year deal but his premature exit has changed the situation. Giggs’ future at Man United is uncertain but Scholes, a fellow club legend, believes that his former teammate should be kept on.

“I’ve not spoken to him for a few days but hopefully he will still be involved,” Scholes said.

“He’s got great experience, he knows the club inside out. I think everybody involved with the club and the fans especially would love him to be involved in some way – whether it is assistant or just helping him [Mourinho] being around the place.

“He has been there for nearly 30 years now, he knows the players, he knows what type of football is expected and hopefully he can be of assistance somehow.”

Giggs is left as the strongest link to United’s ‘glory days’ under Sir Alex Ferguson, when the club developed an ethos of attractive football played with their young players firmly in mind.

It would be a huge shame if Giggs was to end his 29-year association with United, mainly because he is such a massive figure at Old Trafford, but also due to the fact that it would well and truly kill off United as a ‘traditional’ club.

But Mourinho is no fool and he will know that he has to retain the values that made United great. He will be fully aware that keeping Giggs on will play a huge part in keeping the fans happy.

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