30 Apr 2014

Too Soon For Giggs To Take Full Control

When Manchester United announced that they had parted company with David Moyes after only 10 months at the helm, they moved to install fans favourite and club legend Ryan Giggs as interim manager until the end of the season, a player who was part of the famous class of '92, a glorious chapter in the clubs history.

It was a romantic gesture, a move that was sure to give supporters a lift after a disappointing season, Giggs quickly added Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt to his staff t to assist him, but lets be realistic, is Ryan Giggs really ready to take on the huge task of leading Manchester United on a full time basis?

Giggs' first press conference as interim manger was impressive, compared to the David Moyes regime over the last 10 months it was the total opposite. Giggs is a man who knows the club inside out, he said all the right things, he was confident, there was no mention of 'we'll try our very best'.

Giggs' first game in charge, was a home game against a poor, struggling Norwich team who are contenders for relegation. The reception he received as he stepped out with the team was never in doubt, it was a well deserved ovation for a player who has spent his full career with the club ensuring legendary status with its supporters.

Marouane Fellaini didn't even make the squad for Giggs' first team selection, some were surprised to learn that club record signing Juan Mata only made the bench, it was a clear indication that he was setting up with width and penetration, a mixture of experience and speed.

As the final whistle blew at Old Trafford to signal a 4-0 win, the media and supporters were both quick to state that this was because of Ryan Giggs. Social medial platforms were buzzing with 'give Giggs the job now' comments, however, I feel, that perspective is required at this moment.

The feel good factor had clearly retuned at Old Trafford against Norwich, you have to question those players who put in a shift for Giggs,, the same players who let David Moyes down to a certain degree.

Giggs is clearly respected by his fellow professionals and staff at the club, but I'd prefer him to gain experience working along side a top manager first, before taking the job on a full time basis.

It's been widely reported that current Dutch coach Louis van Gaal will be handed the task of rebuilding the red side of Manchester, it's a job that requires a big name, van Gaal has an impressive CV, he certainly ticks all the boxes.

The Norwich result didn't flatter United, it could have and probably should have been more than the 4-0 scoreline suggested, but Norwich were poor.

It's against the top teams this season that the club have failed to make any impact on matches, and a top coach is required to pit his wits against the Premier League elite coaches, it's too early to install Ryan Giggs as the full time manager, although it's a nice thought at this present time, let him learn his trade first, then, in the future, who knows?

Giggs would gain experience as van Gaal's assistant, or as part of his coaching team, and the Dutch man does not have youth on his side, so within 5 years, it could be that the masses get their wish, and see Ryan Giggs handed full control of first team matters, at this moment, I believe it's too soon for him to make the huge step up right now.