Ryan Giggs Labelled the New Pep Guardiola by Man United's Anders Lindegaard

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs smiles as he takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Norwich City at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has sung the praises of his new interim manager Ryan Giggs, comparing him to both Pep Guardiola and Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Danish keeper spoke about the Welshman in glowing terms after the United legend took over from sacked boss David Moyes. 

Tim Gray of the Daily Star reported on the comments made by United's reserve stopper. Lindegaard was quoted by Gray saying:

In my view we are dealing with a new Pep Guardiola in Ryan Giggs. That might sound naive and impetuous. And I can understand people's scepticism after just four training sessions, one game and a day off under his management.

But what we have seen in the first week has been more than convincing. The parallels with Sir Alex Ferguson are striking, and it's clear that Ryan has been learning from the most awe-inspiring manager in history.

His final speech before the team took the field against Norwich was terrifying, in a way I have only experienced under Sir Alex before. Some people might question whether it can work when you go from being a team-mate one day to a manager the next. Normally I would have reservations.

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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Giggs had a dream start to his short tenure in charge at Old Trafford, beating lowly Norwich 4-0 on Saturday evening. Two goals from both Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata sealed the victory for the champions.

United continue to be linked with a host of managers as the Glazer family look to not make the same mistakes they made in appointing former Everton coach Moyes.

Giggs' own involvement at the club for next season remains a mystery at present, but a fine end to the season could see him remain in a senior managerial role at United or even land him the top job at Old Trafford.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United looks on from the dug out 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 Gr
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However, Giggs' presence as an assistant would surely cause discomfort for any incoming manager.

The Daily Telegraph's chief sports writer Paul Hayward questioned whether any new coach would want Giggs in the background as it could put added pressure on their tenure should results not be positive.

He tweeted: 

Despite Hayward's thoughts, it appears Giggs will remain at Old Trafford to bridge any gap between the traditions of United and any new coaching methods. Moyes' biggest mistake was to bring in his Everton staff to support him in his new role and not retain the men who could connect him with United's previous success.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 26:  Netherlands Manager, Louis van Gaal looks on during the the Group 4 FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Netherlands and Romania at Amsterdam Arena on March 26, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mou
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If United manage to land Louis van Gaal as their next coach he will not be intimidated by the presence of Giggs or any of the class of '92. He is a mentally strong coach with a set philosophy and will understand that the club wishes to continue with the same levels of success that have been in place for 20 years.

Giggs is vital to the rebuilding of United and will surely be the manager of the team one day in the near future. A period of time under a coach like Van Gaal will further his knowledge greatly and prepare him for life on the touchline. 

Giggs' involvement should not be viewed as a hindrance by any new coach and if he is used correctly could be a vital asset to any new manager. He can help unite the management team under times of crisis, but can also be the daily link with the dressing room in terms of communication and motivation.

The legendary winger should not be viewed as a threat but as an essential link to United's DNA.