Could Ryan Giggs handle a caretaker role at Old Trafford?

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Sun journalist and football writer Neil Custis believes Manchester United veteran and coach Ryan Giggs could be lined up as the man to replace David Moyes as manager at Old Trafford, temporarily at least.

The Sun writer discussed the possibility of the Welsh midfielder taking the reigns from David Moyes with what he described as ‘patience running out’ behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

"If things don't improve over the next three games, that will be it. I can see a scenario where Ryan Giggs becomes a caretaker for the remaining games this season," Custis stated.

The club have reportedly come out publicly to deny there is a rift between the veteran Red Devils ace and the new manager (which I believe there is likely no substance to other than column inches to fill and page clicks to attract) but, that aside, would the club be in any shape if, hypothetically, Giggs were to take charge?

Firstly, David Moyes has 11 years of experience at Everton which is not the same as managing Manchester United, fighting for titles, under the great glare of the media and one of the world’s most popular football clubs but, nonetheless, it’s still more experience than no experience which is what Giggs has presently.

However, what Giggs evidently lacks in coaching experience he could, arguably, make up for in experience at the highest level – as a player playing his entire career under the greatest manager in the modern era of the game in this country, which is nothing to scoff at. Plus, he has 28 years of experience of the club – Giggs joined in 1987 and has since played nearly 1000 games, scored 168 goals, won 13 league titles, four FA Cups, and two Champions League amongst pretty much every individual accolade there is barring the Ballon d’Or.

Perhaps what he lacks in experience as a manager he could make up for in experience as a top top player and a Manchester United giant through and through. The only honours Moyes won as a player were the Scottish title in 1981/82 and the Third Division title in 1995/96 – incidentally the same season Giggs was winning the double with the Red Devils and the Wales Player of the Year Award.

As a manager David Moyes has won only the Second Division title in 2000 with Preston prior to taking over at Old Trafford – that’s a mighty big jump, even across the course of 13 years. The man who replaced Moyes in the summer at Everton had at least won the League One title, and the FA Cup prior to his signing at Goodison Park. For the Toffees, technically, they signed an upgrade if we’re judging purely on CVs.

I don’t personally believe United will fire Moyes – not this year, at least – and I don’t give any chance to the suggestion Giggs will be appointed as boss any time in the next decade at least but, it does make me wonder, what exactly were Moyes’ credentials to take the job and under what criteria did Sir Alex Ferguson and the powers that be at Old Trafford make their decision to hire him above anyone else?

The question isn’t really what would Ryan Giggs bring to the table but, rather, what does David Moyes bring to the table that Manchester United couldn’t have found elsewhere? 

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