According to the former Manchester United captain and club legend Bryan Robson, Louis Van Gaal needs to stop worrying about the threat from Jose Mourinho and realise the greatest danger is closer to home.
José Mourinho has been widely tipped to take over at Old Trafford at the end of the season, but Robson claims another United great is waiting in the wings for his chance to seize power.
Bryan Robson feels strongly that Ryan Giggs, currently Van Gaal’s right hand man, would be a perfect replacement for the failing Dutchman.
Having shadowed Van Gaal throughout his reign at Old Trafford, Robson and many other United fans feel Giggs is ready to evolve from his role as the padawan at Manchester United’s and become the master as the club’s next manager.
“The thing for me is that Van Gaal was always going to be a three-year contract with Ryan working under him so that they could see whether he was ready to step in,”
“Ryan was a great player for this club, he loves playing football the United way, he’s done all his badges and for me he’s in the right place at the right time.”
As the former captain of England’s International team, Robson was a central figure at the heart of United’s midfield when a teenage Ryan Giggs earned his place in the first team in 1991. The Welsh winger went on to make a record breaking 963 appearances for his one and only club, boasting 34 trophies in that period.
Giggs has been working alongside Van Gaal in what has been an understandably difficult transition period for United following the retirement of Alex Ferguson, who had been in charge for 26 years, in 2013.
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“People say it’s too big a challenge, too big a jump. But I don’t agree. Look at Pep Guardiola, he came through the ranks at Barcelona as a player and then as a young coach and then they trusted him and he stepped up. He was tremendously successful,”
“It’s the same with Ryan. He knows what this club is all about and the fans would be totally behind the club if they made that decision and totally behind Ryan.”
Whatever Ed Woodward chooses to do in the near future, it’s clear that close Manchester United ambassadors see Louis Van Gaal as being on borrowed time.