Trophy magnet Ryan Giggs, who has - to date - enjoyed 24 illustrious years on the books at Manchester United, was recently promoted to interim player-manager of the club following the termination of erstwhile boss David Moyes' contract.
The Welshman took charge of his first match on Saturday, April 26 and engineered a 4-0 victory from the dugout. Pre-match, during his first press conference in his new role, sports writers couldn't help but conjure up copy pointing to the romance of the story - United's one-club man as a player, a winner of 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League titles as well as a clutch of domestic cups and a library-filled with personal prizes and accolades - now in charge of his team-mates. Then winning.
Regardless of his 100% start to life in charge of the Old Trafford side, he is still not the favourite to win the job permanently according to the bookmakers, as Louis van Gaal - whose deal with the Netherlands national side expires in the summer - is rumoured to join after his work at the 2014 FIFA World Cup is concluded.
Commenting on his presser conduct, team selection and suitability for the position, his former Stretford colleague Gary Neville, now an analyst with Sky Sports, said on Monday Night Football: "He's an experienced Manchester United man. He sounded the part [as] he's done hundreds of these press conferences before. He's been at the club for so many years and his temperament is excellent. He's surrounded himself with people he knows."
On the match as a whole, where United only opened the scoreline against Norwich City in the 41st by virtue of a converted Wayne Rooney spot kick but then scored thrice after half-time, Neville said: "I thought, first half, United were slow. It wasn't a great game and it was difficult to watch but after half time there was real impetus and what was most impressive was how Giggs obviously had an impact on them [during his half-time team talk]."
Rivaling Ryan for the managerial position is van Gaal, a tactically-adept head coach has won 15 major trophies but only three since the 2000s. The bulk of his silverware arrived in the 1990s.
Jamie Carragher said of the prospective appointment: "Van Gaal is a top manager. He has won lots of trophies but when I think of him… I think of the 90s, like a [Fabio] Capello or a [Marcello] Lippi. But hey, he did good things with [Bayern] Munich a few years ago and does have a great reputation."
Fence-sitting Neville could not pick between the club knowledge that Giggs possesses or the renowned managerial acumen that van Gaal has because of almost three decades' worth of experience in coaching (and over 42 years in football as a whole).
"We know nowadays when there is the weight of media speculation… it looks like it's heading towards [van Gaal]," began Neville, himself a title-laden Manchester United man. "[However,] I'd like to see Ryan have a few more games to see if he could get the role. Ryan knows the club but doesn't have the experience. Van Gaal has all the experience but doesn't know England.
"United, meanwhile, have always appointed British managers… but we'll wait and see."