Manchester United: Is Ryan Giggs the Logical Choice to Become the Next Manager?

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 24, 2013

LONDON - OCTOBER 01:  Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson congratulates Ryan Giggs after he substituted him during the Barclays Premiership match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on October 1, 2005 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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The discussion over who will replace Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager when he finally retires rages on.

In February, Sir Alex himself suggested Ryan Giggs is the perfect replacement (via The Daily Telegraph), so let's take a look at the routes open to the Red Devils hierarchy.

The Old Trafford club have set a precedent for continuity.

By employing Fergie since 1986, United have effectively bucked the trend of modern football—only Arsene Wenger comes close to the Scot in terms of longevity, while Tony Pulis and Roberto Martinez are just dots on the map in comparison.

After 27 wonderful years in charge and a building full of trophies and awards, fans and commenters alike are naturally drawn to the idea of building another dynasty under Ferguson's successor.

So who better to take over than one of his famous prodigies? One of the golden generation, the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville...or Ryan Giggs?

David Gill told The Independant in 2010 that Sir Alex would be used as a sounding board since the man is so well linked, and the trust he has put in the old guard throughout his time in charge gives us no reason to believe he wouldn't recommend a former protegee.

Scholes dropped into a coaching role after initially retiring, but he answered the call to arms last season to return after United suffered a succession of injuries in midfield.

That's commitment, sure, but Giggs simply hasn't stopped playing. He's utilising a "whenever, wherever you need me" type role for the Red Devils at the moment, but he remains a versatile, professional option in the squad and the quality is still there.

He helped turn the game in his side's favour at Loftus Road this weekend—a performance he received generous credit for from some other United legends.

Of course there's a certifiable risk involved.

Giggs is studying part-time for his initial qualifications and holds absolutely no experience whatsoever. He'd take the job on the basis of 23-25 years playing under Sir Alex and learning from the finest, but never sitting in the hot seat himself.

But that's how the dynasty will be built. It's the only way it can be built.

Faith placed in an individual close to the club who can take Ferguson's work forward. Is Jose Mourinho an attractive option? Yes, but only for the next three years.

The Portuguese openly admits in his biography that he's open to testing new climates and new challenges, and he never wants to stay too long in one particular destination.

If things go south, the new boss needs the crowd on his side. There's a chance that happens, as it's difficult to replicate the miracles the current manager has worked. Even Fergie was being considered for the sack at one stage, and while fan pressure would never allow the board to dispense with a legend cheaply, it just proves you never know what's around the corner.

Whatever the decision, certain fans won't agree with it. Why? Because it's that delicate.

Who would you like to see take charge and why?