Louis van Gaal officially took charge at Manchester United on Wednesday, marking a new chapter in the storied history of the club.
Van Gaal, 62, has been handed a three-year deal at the Red Devils, but one pundit believes the Dutchman may not see out even half of it.
Former SkySports anchor Richard Keys posted a message on his Twitter page yesterday stating he predicts Ryan Giggs will be in charge instead within just 18 months.
Make a note of the date. I predict Ryan Giggs will be in sole charge of Man Utd within 18 months.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) July 16, 2014
It appears clear United do have an eventual succession plan for Giggs to learn from Van Gaal and one day take over from him, but it would clearly be a surprise if it happened so soon.
It would also be bad news for United if it did, for the most obvious reason for Van Gaal to be ousted for Giggs, would be if his Red Devils side underperformed, and that would mean missing out on Champions League football again.
The good news for Van Gaal, is unlike Moyes, his reputation and track record as a winner, would give United belief he would be able to turn around a bad situation even if it does not happen in his first year.
Moyes has already suffered the expectant downturn of a Sir Alex Ferguson successor, and Van Gaal can surely only take them upwards now after a shock seventh placed Premier League finish.
The bookies agree his position is a secure one, with BetVictor giving 33/1 Van Gaal will be first to be sacked this season, the longest odds of any Premier League manager, with only Brendan Rodgers equal. Alan Irvine at West Brom is just 4/1.