The wrong choice by Manchester United
Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has claimed Ryan Giggs should have been Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at the club.
Man United was shaken up when Sir Alex decided to retire and what followed was an era of instability that is yet to end.
David Moyes came into the club and was eventually sacked, as was Louis Van Gaal.
Jose Mourinho has now come into the club and even his job is seemingly under threat.
It should have been Giggs’ gig
Former coach Meulensteen has now claimed that to stop all of this, Ryan Giggs should have been eased into the job.
Instead what happened was the club ‘ended up in a very erratic period, which still hasn’t settled.’
‘Knowing that Giggs was keen on stepping into coaching – he was doing his licenses – he knew United inside out. The culture, the identity – he knows everything,’ Meulensteen explained to the Evening Standard.
‘Plus with us (Ferguson’s existing backroom staff) being around there, plus Ferguson still being there, that could’ve been an ideal scenario.
‘That is just a different way, a different strategy, which I think could’ve worked.
‘Bringing somebody from the outside, I knew straight away that it wouldn’t matter who it would’ve been. But obviously for David Moyes it was a massive step up because he’s never played, never worked on a similar level.
‘If they would’ve said we want to bring in (Jose) Mourinho then, or (Carlo) Ancelotti or Pep Guardiola or Jupp Heynckes, who have worked at Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, they wouldn’t be fazed.
‘They know what’s expected of the club. They would’ve respected and understood the importance of the 26-year tenure of Ferguson.
‘What has happened is it’s ended up in a very erratic period, which still hasn’t settled.’