Thursday 14 December 2017

'Jose a good fit but i'd go with Giggsy'

Ferdinand backs his former team-mate to take over from LVG

Ryan Giggs parades the Premier League and Champions League with his Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand back in 2008. Photo: PA
Ryan Giggs parades the Premier League and Champions League with his Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand back in 2008. Photo: PA
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with the Manchester United job.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the club should appoint Ryan Giggs as manager when Louis van Gaal leaves the club.

Van Gaal's position as United boss is under scrutiny following the club's group stage elimination from the Champions League and a run of just three league victories in 12 matches, which has seen them fall to fifth in the Premier League table.

In the past few days, it has emerged that good sources close to Jose Mourinho have claimed that his move to Old Trafford is a "done deal."

But Ferdinand, who spent 12 years at Old Trafford, says Giggs is the right man to be the Dutchman's long term successor, while also admitting Mourinho could offer an alternative solution.


"Short-term, Mourinho looks like a good fit. He is used to success. He is a winner, a proven winner," the former England defender said.

"But I think for the long run, I would sway for Giggsy because he understands the philosophy of the club and knows it.

"I think a big part of it would be the element of youth. Young guys join Manchester United knowing that they are going to get a chance and that needs to continue. So whoever goes in, that's a big part.

"I am interested to see the decision the club make."

Although Ferdinand now sees Giggs as a potential United manager, he admitted that he didn't always think he would move into coaching.

"Not at first. I didn't know (he wanted to be a coach) but the later he went in his career, the more interested he seemed to be in coaching and doing his badges," said Ferdinand.

"So towards the end of his career, I saw him being involved in some capacity."

While Giggs is awaiting the chance to lead United, another man who Ferdinand shared a dressing room with at Old Trafford, Gary Neville, has failed to record a league victory in his first nine games in charge of Valencia.

But Ferdinand insists that the difficulties of being a first-time manager in a new country will have come as no surprise to the former defender.

"I don't think Gary thought differently. He knows that and he is not silly but it is not easy," added the 37-year-old.

"The difficult thing for Gary from the beginning was that he was going to a foreign country where he doesn't speak the language - that's a big problem from the beginning.

"Then it is about coaching and getting the best out of your players and at the moment he hasn't been able to get the results but I am sure he will."

Meanwhile, Guillermo Varela has the belief to push on become a United regular after forcing his way into Louis van Gaal's first-team plans.

The Uruguayan defender is hoping to get more minutes in the side with games in the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup on the horizon this month, even if he did limp off with an ankle injury during the Under-21s' 7-0 thrashing of Norwich City at Old Trafford on Monday.

"The first year was really a period where I was settling in," he said. "In the second year, I went out on loan (to Castilla) and now I'm back at the club again and the manager has been giving me the chance to show what I can do, so I'm very pleased to be getting this opportunity.

"Right now, I can say that I have adapted 100 per cent to the English game. I'm used to the pace and physicality just now. I think I've learned about everything!"

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