Michael Owen: Giggs could be Manchester United's Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

As Louis Van Gaal is heavily rumoured to have agreed a deal with Manchester United Michael Owen believes the role should go to Ryan Giggs.

It looks as though Louis Van Gaal is set to become the new Manchester United manager, as many sources are now suggesting that the Dutch national team coach has agreed terms on a deal that will see him become United manager for the next three years.

United however are assuring the world that no deal is done - denying the rumours that originally surfaced in Holland that Van Gaal was done.

However they would say that - what with a game this evening and all they might want to let Ryan Giggs think he has a chance in the long run.

The Welsh legend is taking interim charge of the club until the end of the season - but for many he might just be the right man for the job in the long-term.

Young, ambitious and with the United DNA running through his veins - why not? It could be the start of United’s very own ‘boot-room’ era.

And one person, who played with Giggs at United, believes that should be the case.

Writing in his Telegraph column this morning Michael Owen has made a case for his former team-mate to get the role ahead of a name like Van Gaal - and he believes that employing someone like Giggs, internally, could very well be on a par with the decision to give the role to Pep Guardiola at Barcelona back in 2008:

“For an example of a player completely indoctrinated by the ideals of his own club, making the step up from the pitch, to coach to manager, you need look no further than Pep Guardiola. When he was promoted to manage Barcelona’s senior side it was a case of evolving a tried and trusted formula, exactly what should have happened after the departure of Sir Alex...”

And on Giggs he said:

“I do not buy the idea that players who have spent 25 years at one of the world’s most pressurised clubs need to go down the divisions to ‘learn their trade’ as a coach. What is the point of that? Apart from this season, Giggs has known only one manager at club level. His ideas and methodology will be influenced almost entirely by what he saw under Sir Alex. That is a body of knowledge to be envied and I would suggest the restoration of that sense of familiarity is exactly what the club need right now.”

Unfortunately for Owen’s theory, which does in fact sound more and more like an excellent idea the more you read into it, it seems as though Van Gaal is all but set to get the job - while Giggs’ position may even be under scrutiny from the backroom staff he reportedly wants to bring in.

The four games left at the end of this season may be the first, and only games Giggs manages United for - so he would do well to catch the eye while he has the chance.

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