The quiet man of Old Trafford: When will Ryan Giggs speak on Manchester United's predicament?

Angry Louis van Gaal

Are we watching the final days of the Louis van Gaal era at Manchester United?

If we are watching the last rites of Louis van Gaal's tenure as Manchester United manager, he is trying to drag it out for as long as he can. He doesn't want to go quietly either, and he is giving the press plenty of sound bites regarding the current state of the club in general and the style of play in particular.

One former quiet man of Old Trafford, who since his retirement as one of the most decorated players in the history of the club and the game is struggling to be as quiet off the pitch as he was as a player, Paul Scholes, is now one of the most vocal critics of the Van Gaal regime and the club's style or lack of it.

It is obvious to every United fan that the style of football being played under Van Gaal is vastly different to the counter-attacking, getting the ball forward quickly style which we were accustomed to under Sir Alex Ferguson. This could be forgiven though if the change in style also came with goals…..or shots……or near misses. Any sort of entertainment really.

The sideways passing, and the possession-based approach which is being employed at present doesn't sit comfortably with anyone associated with the club. The dissent has been raining down form the terraces and most people with an opinion, or links to the club have been having their say.

With one notable exception………Ryan Giggs.

Giggs has kept his council while all others have been airing their grievances. He has not been involved in press conferences or giving interviews as part of Van Gaal's team, and his opinion of what he is watching, and in part over seeing as Van Gaal's second in command would be intriguing.

Is he Van Gaal's heir apparent? It is a common consensus, but an equally common opinion is that he is just not ready. Surely, after three years as an assistant you would be looking to be next in line to the main job.

It also depends on who else is available. Would United fans take Mourinho over Giggs? Debatable. Would they take Guardiola over him? Probably.

Will the style of football the Reds are playing at the moment be held against him? It's possible. This may be Van Gaal's watch, but Giggs must be playing a large role in training and preparation, and therefore should take some of the flak which has come his boss's way.

If Giggs were to become the next manager, supporters would expect to see a return to the flowing football that he played himself. Despite the fact that three goals were scored against relegation-troubled Newcastle, there is no real encouragement that the side are coming out of their current malaise.

Would it be fair to throw Giggs in this time around? If Van Gaal does leave before the start of next season, it would be safe to assume that United will have missed out on Champions League football again. Would Giggs really want the task of getting them back into the top four? Would the board believe he was capable of it?

Most United fans would love to see a true club legend of the stature of Giggs being given the opportunity to manage their club - his club.

His current silence on the club's predicament may not be in his best interests however. There is nothing damning in his silence, yet, but United supporters would welcome his input and opinion of the current plight more than any other voice.

This is a man on the inside, a man who has to be in the know. A man who shares the same principle and beliefs as Paul Scholes and a man who can offer the clearest window to the events occurring at this time.

His silence is now becoming deafening.

The current quiet man of Old Trafford needs to find his voice, or be condemned by association to the Van Gaal era, the most "boring" era in the history of the club, and one such an exciting player will feel is not in keeping with the rest of his legacy.

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