Ryan Giggs Is the Right Man for Manchester United, but Not Just Yet

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentApril 28, 2014

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It is the romance that draws people to watch football.

It's what keeps them coming back. The non-league team upsetting a Premier League side in the FA Cup. The veteran scoring the winner in his final game. They're all good stories.

So is the tale of the Salford schoolboy who rises through the ranks at Manchester United, goes on to hold the club's record for appearances, becomes their most decorated player and then takes over as manager.

Ryan Giggs' story is straight out of Roy of the Rovers. And after his first game as interim manager ended in a 4-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, it is easy to see why some United fans are calling for him to get the job permanently. 

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But you can't make decisions on romance alone, and it's too soon for Giggs to be United manager.

The clamour to appoint Giggs will get even louder if United win their final three games against Sunderland, Hull and Southampton

They have had a dismal season. But it's possible Giggs could finish with 12 points from 12 and possibly secure European football for next season.

With each win, the pressure on the board will mount. And it will become harder and harder for them to resist the temptation to give the top job to a club legend.

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Giggs' supporters are keen to draw comparisons with Pep Guardiola.

The Spaniard, they say, was in charge of Barcelona B for just one season before taking over for Frank Rijkaard at the Nou Camp. That much is true. But that's where the similarities end.

Guardiola has experienced different leagues and different ideas, leaving Barcelona for Brescia in 2001 before ending his playing career with spells in Qatar and Mexico.

When he was appointed Barcelona manager in 2008, he found a management structure much different to the one Giggs would step into at Old Trafford.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Pep Guardiola head coach of Bayern Muenchen at the end of match during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester
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At Barcelona, Guardiola's responsibility was to coach. It is similar now at Bayern Munich.

But at United, Giggs won't have a director of football like Txiki Begiristain or Matthias Sammer to lean on.

Sir Alex Ferguson ruled almost single-handedly for more than 25 years, and United are searching for someone with the personality and experience to fill that all-encompassing role.

There is a good chance that Giggs will be United manager one day. If his coaching career is as successful as his playing career, it's a certainty.

But the opportunity has come too soon. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United signs autographs during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 26, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/G
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The ideal scenario for Giggs is to be taken under the wing of someone more experienced. It would keep him at the club and put him on the path to eventually taking the reigns himself.

Zinedine Zidane is doing his apprenticeship at Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti, and there is no reason why Giggs can't do the same.

At 40 years old, there is no need for him to rush into management. There's also very little to be gained.

It would be a shame if his managerial career, which looks so promising, ended before it even had a chance to begin, because he was thrown in at the deep end too early.

There is a good chance that Giggs will get his chance to manage United. Just not yet.