‘There is no reason why he won’t be in the frame’: Ryan Giggs could be the NEXT Manchester United manager if he guides Wales to another successful Euros next summer, says former Red Devils striker Mark Hughes
- Ryan Giggs has guided Wales to the Euros in his first stint as a first-team boss
- The Manchester United legend was assistant to Louis Van Gaal at the club
- Ex-team-mate Mark Hughes says Giggs may be in the running for the top job
- Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after a poor start to the season
Ryan Giggs could be in the frame for the Manchester United job if he guides Wales to a successful European Championships next summer, says ex-United striker Mark Hughes.
Giggs, who is the most decorated player in the history of Man United, has guided his country to the Euros in his first role as a first-team boss.
With pressure already mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford following a poor start to the season, Hughes – who played with Giggs at United and has managed a host of Premier League clubs – says the current Wales manager may well have his eyes set further ahead on the United hotseat.
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is currently the manager of the Wales national team
Former United striker Mark Hughes believes Giggs could take the hotseat at Old Trafford
‘I think Ryan is in a good place in his management career,’ Hughes said, as reported by BBC Sport.
‘He is on an upward trend. He is probably more likely to get an opportunity at Manchester United than he was when [Louis] Van Gaal left. Maybe they felt his management CV wasn’t strong enough at that point, but if he goes to the European Championship and does well, then there’s no reason why he won’t be in the frame.
‘He was a fantastic player throughout his career and he’s had good opportunities to learn the game on the other side of the fence. Obviously he was mentored by Sir Alex [Ferguson] for many years and in later years he was able to work alongside him.
‘He then worked very closely with Van Gaal for a couple of years, which I felt was a good decision by him and the club.
Giggs is a Manchester United legend and won 13 Premier League titles as a player for the club
‘I thought that was with a view to him taking over the role when Van Gaal left. It wasn’t to be, they made the decision to go for a bigger name in terms of management – [Jose] Mourinho.
‘I think that was pushed maybe a little bit because of the appointment at Manchester City of Guardiola. Maybe they felt they needed like for like, which probably affected Ryan’s chances.’
Hughes’ comments come as Ed Woodward is reportedly prepared to put sentiment aside to sack the Norwegian, a fan-favourite owing to his heroics as a player under Sir Alex Ferguson, if results do not improve.
When David Moyes was sacked in April 2014, Giggs enjoyed a brief stint as player-manager at Old Trafford at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Giggs then retired that summer and was Louis van Gaal’s assistant during his tenure at Old Trafford from 2014-2016.
Giggs was assistant to manager Louis van Gaal during his two years as the United manager
Despite his close links to United, Giggs’ immediate attention will be Wales’ UEFA Nations League clash against Ireland on Sunday afternoon.
His side are aiming to bounce back following a three-goal defeat against England in a friendly at Wembley on Thursday night.
Hughes, meanwhile, has been out of work since leaving Southampton in 2018, and has also previously managed Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke City in the Premier League.
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