The beginning of a remarkable demise for Manchester United was the 0-3 defeat against Arsenal in October. As you’d expect, especially in England, the manager is the one taking all the flak, and on this occasion, rightly so. To be frank, Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United were never made for each other.
The methods and the ideologies Van Gaal has are all very contrasting to the popularly established ways at Old Trafford. This was once the biggest club in the world that had its own identity and playing style. Van Gaal never really realized or cared what the club was about.
It appears they could well be making another blunder, this time a bigger one, by choosing Jose Mourinho over Ryan Giggs. It may sound like the right decision, but in truth, it isn’t, not by a long way. The Portuguese’s appointment could be a portent of the bad times to come. Yes, he can deliver results but then again, he’s not someone whose methods suit Manchester United. To have him as the manager is more like having an upgrade on Louis Van Gaal. He may win them trophies in the short term, albeit with some extravagant spending, but do mind that he isn’t the one who likes to plan for the long-term. When he leaves after 2-3 years, there won’t be a legacy left behind. There’ll be memories, and then there will be the wretched ruins to clean up.
Manchester United’s man is Ryan Giggs – the man who, sadly, can only watch but can’t influence what is happening. Giggs should never have been overlooked in the first place. When David Moyes was sacked, the former United footballer should have been seen as the natural and the most obvious successor, but instead Manchester United went in a different direction. Giggs is no Pep Guardiola – yes, but even Guardiola was no Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti or an Arsene Wenger when he first burst onto the scene.
There is hardly anyone who knows the club as well as Giggs does. He knows Manchester United inside out, and is fully aware of what the fans expect. As well as improving the team in the technical aspects of the game, what he brings in the package is a timely reminder to the players about what is it all about to don the Manchester United jersey.
Ryan Giggs managing Manchester United feels like it’s written in the stars. It may seem like a gamble, but it’s actually worth it, for when you look at the rewards the Red Devils could reap for it few years down the line, you wonder what level could it take the club to. Whether the clubs wants a passionate former player – arguably their best ever – or a man who has a record of being sacked because of his penchant for negativity and confrontation, the choice is Manchester United’s.
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