Ryan Giggs Should Take Over from Failing David Moyes at Manchester United

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 17:  Manager David Moyes (L) of Manchester United walks alongside Ryan Giggs (R) towards the dressing room ahead of  the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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As the night fell on Athens, and the The Faithful sang loud and proud for their team and manager on the advent of yet another loss, several things went through my mind.

There are two words that have come to define this season when it comes to Manchester United: The first word is "transition."

The second word is "failure."

Failure is not something this generation of United fans know too much about.

Spoilt in the extreme is more accurate, when you compare them with Arsenal fans who have not seen any silverware for nearly a decade.

Wholly and completely corrupted, when you consider no Liverpool fan under the age of 30 years old knows what it is like to win a league championship. 

Red Devils of a younger generation do not know what it is like to lose 12 games in a season, but here we are in February and that milestone has already been reached. 

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The hiring of David Moyes was met with caution by most supporters. We knew all about him and his Everton team.

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We knew they were dogged and they had effectively stopped us from winning a league title not so long ago, with their 4-4 draw at Old Trafford in 2012, that started the spiral effect that ended with Manchester City as champions.

We knew how Moyes demanded discipline from his sides and how in many ways he was a mini-Sir Alex Ferguson in the making.

However, we also knew he did not play great football and that is the one thing that is demanded in a stadium which is called the "Theatre of Dreams" for a reason.

As great as the years under Fergie had been, the one thing most United fans will admit is the fact the football had not been that great. It had not flowed with glorious elegance or sumptuous skill. But the club was still winning so there was no huge complaints. 

ROME - MAY 26:  Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United run as they attend the Manchester United training session prior to UEFA Champions League Final versus Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico on May 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Shaun
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But after the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez we were left with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, and a record signing in Dimitar Berbatov who thought "running" was a philosophical concept rather than a physical pursuit. 

The fans craved to have some invention breathed back into the club. Supporters were not ungrateful towards Ferguson but with change comes a different way and hopefully an exciting new era to build upon the foundations of success already laid on Sir Matt Busby Way. 

But that is not what happened next.

I have been vocal in my personal support of Moyes from Day 1. My opinion was that Moyes was an acceptable choice as manager, rather than my preferred. Initially it seemed Jose Mourinho would get the job when his Real Madrid team visited the Reds in the Champions League, and all he could do was gush over all things United. 

But that ship docked and sailed away very quickly, and as soon as Sir Alex pulled the plug on his tenure the man left standing in front of us was Moyes. 

When Ferguson proclaimed the now-famous words of "stand by our new manager" we all cheered because we knew what he meant. We knew times might get tough under the new boss and we knew Manchester United was founded on the idea of "you never give up." 

However, during those cheers there was a silent caveat inserted into the agreement. There was a clause buried deep in this new contract.

Losing games is fine, but abject failure was not.

We would support Moyes across land and sea, and sing his name in defiance against our rivals, but you cannot deny facts and logic.

As United now stand with almost zero chance of making next season's Champions League, the match against Olympiakos was an opportunity for Moyes to take off the gloves and come out swinging.

Instead, he once again got his tactics wrong and crippled his own team, and as we have now seen too often this year, United lost the game. 

I still believe Moyes thinks he can do this job, but his record now dictates he does not deserve the opportunity. Yes, Sir Alex was once on the brink of such an outcome in 1990, and thank the footballing heavens for Mark Robins' goal at Nottingham Forest that saved him that year. 

But Moyes has inherited a squad of champions, albeit one with many a fading force in it. This is still not a team that should be losing 12 games before we have even got to March. The honeymoon period should have been over before Christmas. 

I have no ambition to see Moyes sacked by the Glazers, but his time at the club has come to an end. A dignified parting of company is needed, and we can all shake hands, admit our mistakes and be on our separate ways.

But where would United go if this happened tomorrow?

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The club should not look back in Ferguson's direction. He is in his 70s now and really does not represent "the future."

Thankfully we do have a man at the club who can knit together the old and the new and salvage something from this shipwreck of a season.

Ryan Giggs' playing career is almost over and he is the most decorated footballer to ever wear the club's famous shirt.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: David Moyes the Manchester United manager reacts as Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on January 19, 2014 in London, England.
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His move onto the coaching staff was an obvious one at the start of the season, but as we have seen Phil Neville doing cartwheels on the touchline, we have seen very little of Giggs outside of his playing commitments. 

The Welshman is a genuine legend and he could do for United what Pep Guardiola did for Barcelona.

Pep took over at the Nou Camp after a year on the coaching staff, managing Barcelona B. Then in 2008 he took the reins of one of the biggest clubs in the world, and he won everything. 

His DNA ran through the club like Giggs' does at United. There was no need to explain to him how the team should play, the philosophy of the support or the expectations that were needed to be met.

He just knew.

And the most salient point is that Guardiola was younger when he took full control of his football club than Giggs is today. 

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You could argue Giggs has more experience than Moyes in this situation, that he understands the nature of the beast better than the Scotsman ever could. It is foolish to say just because Moyes has the same national roots as Ferguson, he has the tools to do the job.

His intolerable insistence of playing 4-4-1-1 suggests he does not. 

To appoint Giggs would be a huge gamble and risk by the Glazers, but it would be a universally popular choice. If the fans' vocal support of Moyes has been impressive of late then the sound behind the support of Giggs would make stadiums fall and turn to dust.

Ryan Giggs can be the manager of Manchester United, and that time is now. 

If Moyes does not perform a managerial miracle in the next few games, then Giggs can be the messiah who leads United back to the promised land. 

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