Former Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt must stay at Old Trafford and help Louis van Gaal, if the Dutchman is to become the new manager at the club.
Reports in recent weeks have suggested that van Gaal is certain to be the next manager of United and it has left Giggs’ future at the club in doubt, with the Welshman saying he may have to go elsewhere to further his managerial career.
The 40-year-old has been helped out by former teammates Scholes and Butt during his brief stint at interim manager of the club, but it is thought that the trio may be replaced – with van Gaal reportedly wanting to bring in his own backroom staff.
However, Robson thinks that all three should be kept at Old Trafford, with their experience crucial to easing the transition for the new manager.
He told Sky Sports: "I think it would be very disappointing for those lads not to be kept on, in whatever role, as they are part of Manchester United.
"The fans would be very disappointed if they don't have a future in the club.
"I have read that van Gaal wants to bring in a goalkeeper coach, a fitness coach, and (Patrick) Kluivert as his assistant.
"If you are talking about bringing all these people in you have to make sure that you are making the right decision and you are not allowing them too much rope.
"It is up to the board to step in and say 'you can have leeway with this, but there are definitely restrictions on this part of the club'.
"That has to come from the club rather than the new coach. Sometimes I think when you go into a new club, why not give the staff a chance?"
United will be desperately hoping that they get this appointment right, with their last full-time managerial appointment, David Moyes, being far from successful.
If reports are to be believed van Gaal could be set to sign in the next couple of days, meaning that they will not have to wait too long to find out.