London: Alex Ferguson has backed Ryan Giggs to become the next Manchester United manager.
Giggs has been placed in control of the team for the final four games of the season by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, following the sacking of David Moyes on Tuesday.
“I think that he (Giggs) is the one man they should go to really,” Ferguson said during a fundraising dinner in Manchester earlier this week.
“He’s got 20-odd years of experience at Manchester United. I signed him as a kid at 13 years of age. He’s gone through the gamut of emotions at the club — he’s experienced all the highs and lows. He knows exactly what’s needed to be a Manchester United player and I was so pleased he brought Paul Scholes back in, and Nicky Butt of course — two great professionals.
“They understand the club, they are hard workers, they are straight as a die. So you have got the right combinations there, there’s no doubt about that. So Giggs is the ideal man for the job.”
A Dutch newspaper, however, reported on Saturday that Netherlands head coach Louis Van Gaal has reached an agreement with the Premier League club.
Van Gaal, who has coached Barcelona, Ajax Amsterdam and Bayern Munich in a distinguished career, has said he will step down from the national team after the World Cup in July.
Giggs, though, has the support of players and staff within United and Ferguson has now voiced his support for the 40-year-old.
Giggs, a member of the coaching staff under Moyes, says he already had a chat with Ferguson.
“He (Ferguson) was the first person I picked the phone up to,” Giggs said. “Why wouldn’t I? He has been through everything you can as a manager — as a young manager, as an experienced manager, as a successful manager.