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Ryan Giggs: The Future of Manchester United

Ryan Giggs: The Future of Manchester United

Manchester United’s performances this season haven’t been at the high standards their fans expect. To bring back exciting, attractive football to Old Trafford, Ryan Giggs needs to be the next Manchester United manager.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, teams feared playing at Old Trafford. Facing players such Ronaldo, Giggs, Scholes and Ferdinand, United had a solid spine from which they could play exciting, attractive football.

However, under Louis van Gaal, United seem to have lost their way. The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford eager to implement his own ‘philosophy’ on the team, but there was no reason to change the way United have played for the last 20 years – a period which brought so much success to the club.

Louis van Gaal was supposed to bring stability back to the club after the turbulent reign under David Moyes – something he achieved to varying degrees of success in his first season – however this season the same can’t be said.

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The former Netherlands manager likes his teams to play possession based football, but this style of play doesn’t seem to work in the Premier League – a league known for it’s fast-paced play. Having spent over £250 million since joining United in 2014, Van Gaal has underperformed.  Last season they finished in fourth place without winning any trophies, and this season they have been knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage and are now in sixth place in the league. They could still qualify for next season’s Champions League, but they need to be consistent, something that has alluded them so far this season.

United’s performances have been – as Paul Scholes called them – ‘boring’. The fans have become restless due to the style of play and performances, with booing and chants of ‘attack, attack, attack’ at several games this season. It looks unlikely that Van Gaal will see out the final year of the his contract and if United want to bring back flowing, attacking football to Old Trafford, they need to give the job to Ryan Giggs.

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He is inexperienced as a manager but so was Pep Guardiola when he took over at Barcelona in 2008, and they went on to have their most successful period in their history winning 14 trophies. More younger managers are now being given a chance at big clubs – Zinedine Zidane has recently taken over at Real Madrid. Sir Alex Ferguson stated in an interview with the BBC, Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances for the club, could have replaced him as Manchester United manager had he not played on until he was 40.

Nobody knows Manchester United better than Giggs. He played under Sir Alex Ferguson for over 20 years, gaining an insight of what it means to be a United manager and how to be successful. Working with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Giggs would have learnt what doesn’t work at the club and how to avoid those issues. Unlike Van Gaal, Giggs would embrace the United legacy into his management and his team would play exciting, counter-attacking football we are so used to seeing at Old Trafford.

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