Manchester United Must Strive to Find Place for the Class of '92 Under New Boss

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Manchester United Must Strive to Find Place for the Class of '92 Under New Boss
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Manchester United have been given a golden chance.

An opportunity that doesn't come around very often.

Currently on their coaching staff are four youth-team graduates. They all know what it means to play at Old Trafford. They all know what it takes to win there.

Each one has the club woven into their identities. 

And in the managerial shake-up that is coming, each one must be protected like an endangered species.

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It's too soon for Ryan Giggs and his Class of '92 team-mates Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville to take over permanently.

The board's search for a more experienced candidate, preferably one with a history of success, suggests as much.

But just as it's vital that they appoint the right man to steady the ship post-David Moyes, it is important that Giggs especially is incorporated into the new set-up.

United have been given a chance to groom their next manager.

They were widely criticised for botching the succession after Sir Alex Ferguson retired. 

But with Giggs, they have been given the opportunity to look beyond the next appointment. It's a luxury most clubs are never afforded.

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It does, of course, have its complications.

It relies on the next man—whether it be Louis Van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti or someone else—agreeing to find a place for Giggs in his backroom staff.

It also relies on the pair getting on. On finding common ground in their footballing philosophies.

But just as the next permanent manager will make demands of the board before he takes over, the board, in turn, must be brave enough to demand that Giggs is kept on.

It would be foolish for United to allow a man of his experience to leave. Not just that, he shouldn't even be allowed to be marginalised. Or ushered into the shadows.

He should be front and centre. Learning the intricacies of a job he might one day inherit.

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Giggs clearly has an appetite for management. He wouldn't have accepted the role of caretaker if he didn't.

United have already lost Gary Neville, for now, to the lure of television punditry. David Beckham has decided to bypass management and go straight to owning a club in a way only Beckham could.

Another Class of '92 graduate, Simon Davies, is working with Manchester City's Elite Development Squad as Patrick Vieira's assistant.

But United do still have Giggs, Scholes, Butt and Neville under the same roof at Carrington. And with a combined 2,453 United appearances and 61 major trophies between them, they've got plenty of knowledge to pass on.

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It would be a mistake if they were allowed to walk out of the door. Or even put to use at another club.

It is not every day that a club has the chance to put plans in place for the next five, even 10 years. And it is too good an opportunity for United to miss.

It might not be the right time for Giggs and his band of eager, young coaches to take the reins. But there is no better time to start learning the ropes.

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