Dane backs “top guy” Giggs to do a good job at Old Trafford.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel reckons that interim manager Ryan Giggs is a credible candidate to replace David Moyes on a permanent basis.
Giggs will take charge of the Red Devils for the first time tonight when Norwich City come to Old Trafford in the Premier League’s late kick-off.
Louis van Gaal remains odds-on to replace David Moyes, who was sacked on Tuesday, although the club have denied reports that the Dutchman has already signed a contract with them.
Giggs is the bookmakers’ second favourite to land Moyes’ old job and, despite not having any previous experience as a number one, Schmeichel thinks that the Welshman could be just what United need.
Schmeichel played with Giggs throughout his eight-year stay at United and was also teammates with Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes, who are currently part of Giggs’ backroom staff.
“I was so proud reading the newspapers this morning and seeing the four guys,” Schmeichel told Sky Sports. “Ryan’s there with Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.
“I was a senior player when they came into the first-team squad as youngsters and their enthusiasm, willingness to learn and eagerness to win and become Manchester United players – to see that picture this morning was absolutely fantastic.
“I know there are so many rumours about who is going to be the next manager. Ryan has got four games and I’m looking at that group of players and thinking ‘why not?’
“This is what Manchester United needs – a very big dose of real Manchester United. Ryan said this in his press conference – we need to get the speed, the tempo, the courage; these are all Sir Alex’s words. He’s been having them in in his ear for 25 years.
“I can see Ryan taking over with that kind of backroom team, but I can also see someone older and more mature sitting next to him as a director of football, a David Gill-kind of guy who could support him and take some of the difficult administrative responsibilities and some of the dealings away from him because that’s the difficult part.
“But in terms of working with the players that are there, I’m absolutely convinced that Ryan – who is a top guy – will get results. I’m absolutely convinced of that.”
Today’s game with Norwich is the first of three consecutive home games for United, who host Sunderland and Hull City, before ending the season with a trip to Southampton.
Giggs is still on the playing staff at Old Trafford and has made 21 first-team appearances this term.
He currently boasts a record for being the only player to have scored in every single full Premier League season since the division’s inception in 1992.
However, he has yet to find the net so far in this campaign.
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