Giggs' Candidature for the Manchester United Job Is Not Based on Logic

Nick Miller@NickMiller79Featured ColumnistApril 28, 2014

Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs applauds supporters after his team's 4-0 win against Norwich City in their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super

Ryan Giggs, as it turned out, wore a suit for his managerial bow at Old Trafford on Saturday. What Giggs wore was a point of debate and caused a number of people to remark after the game that he "looked the part." Ben Burrows of The Mirror even dedicated a photo gallery to that very subject.

Indeed, the following, by Andy Cryer, appeared on the BBC website shortly after United's 4-0 win over Norwich:

Giggs made the walk towards his seat pre-match on his own looking every inch the manager. He was dressed smartly in a club suit and tie and solemnly applauded the supporters who were giving him a hero's welcome. He even found time to sign a few autographs.

United, of course, beat Norwich City rather handsomely, playing with a freedom that was missing under David Moyes. They steamrollered a team heading for relegation, one that barely put up a fight. 

If there was ever a more appropriate metaphor for the Canaries' season, it was Wayne Rooney's second goal. Norwich backed off and allowed him all the room he liked, and he then slipped over as he was shooting but still scored.

Tragicomedy on a football pitch.

Scott Heppell

This game was an understandably emotional occasion for Giggs and the Old Trafford crowd, who have witnessed his growth from a skinny kid to a skinny winger to a skinny old head and team elder and now a skinny manager. He is undoubtedly one of the greats in Manchester United's history, ranking up there with Duncan Edwards, Bobby Charlton, George Best, Denis Law, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and Roy Keane.

However, this does not make him the correct choice for the permanent job at Old Trafford.

This, as this season should have made abundantly clear, is a huge job. The playing squad requires an enormous overhaul, which was presumably one of the reasons that David Moyes was sacked; giving a man time is one thing, but giving him anything up to £150million to spend on players is another altogether.

It requires nous, a managerial know-how and experience, and it is not a job for someone who has never managed before. Moyes had over a decade of managerial experience behind him, but it wasn't at the required level, and he was not up to the task.

Matthias Schrader

The inevitable comparison is with Pep Guardiola, but there is a big difference between the Barcelona that he took charge of and the United of 2014. While Guardiola clearly put his own mark on the team, he inherited a squad that featured Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi. United, to make the mother of all understatements, do not have anything like that level of talent.

Sir Alex Ferguson may think that Giggs deserves the job, as he was quoted as saying by Jamie Jackson in The Guardian, but as we saw from the last manager he recommended, he perhaps does not have the best eye for these things.

It's understandable that United fans, and indeed Ferguson himself, would want to back Giggs. They have such an emotional and sentimental attachment to him, but anyone making the case for him to take over permanently is not basing that argument on logic.

Backing Giggs to take over on the basis of emotion is just as illogical as claiming he looks like a football manager because he wears a nice suit.


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