Manchester United suffered defeat this weekend in Ryan Giggs’ second game in charge of the Old Trafford club.
The 40-year-old Welshman took over the United reigns on a temporary basis following the sacking of David Moyes, and led the Red Devils to an impressive 4-0 victory over Norwich City in his first game in charge.
Despite a number of top-class names being linked with the Old Trafford hot-seat – including Louis van Gaal – Giggs’ managerial debut left a lasting impression on a number of fans and he was soon listed as a possible candidate to take on the job full-time.
While it would be a nice touch from a sentimental point of view, appointing Giggs with next-to-no managerial experience at one of the biggest clubs in the world would have been a mistake.
From a long-term perspective, United’s defeat at home to Sunderland arguably has a silver lining as it almost eliminates the possibility of more fans jumping on the Giggs bandwagon.
Despite brief spells throughout the match, United were poor against the Black Cats, and it further highlighted that the players are arguably as much to blame as former Everton boss David Moyes.
The Red Devils need a dominant figure with top-level experience of attracting and dealing with the world’s leading stars – that man is van Gaal.
Reports suggest that both parties are ironing out the last details, and if thhe United board had any doubts at all, their loss at home to Sunderland illustrates the need for the Dutchman’s appointment.
The 62-year-old has vast knowledge of the European game, winning titles in Holland, Spain and Germany in abundance; and with a number of top players allegedly interested in teaming up with him, it should be only a matter of time before United make the right decision.