Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs says that spending the last four matches of last season as the interim manager has been a major help towards his career. Giggs has revealed on several occasions that he wants to become a manager once his playing days came to an end. After he was announced as the replacement for David Moyes – at least on an interim basis, there was heavy speculation that Giggs could be the next permanent manager at United. However, the board decided to go in for an experienced a name in the form of Louis van Gaal.
Giggs, though, will be providing the club with some much-needed continuity, as he will be assisting van Gaal from the dugout. United have not decided to offer the likes of Paul Scholes the chance to continue their position at the club. Being offered this position is a privilege according to Giggs, who also says that he wants to make the most out of it and learn as much as possible from the 62-year-old. Van Gaal is regarded as the mentor for several top managers including Jose Mourinho. Giggs says that spending only four matches on the dugout last season helped him learn a lot.
Giggs’ first match incharge of United ended in a convincing 4-0 win against Norwich, but results that followed were not great.
“When I took the [interim] job there were a lot of things that I was quite happy with, but there was the odd thing where I thought ‘I’m not quite ready for this’. Well it wasn’t that I wasn’t ready for it, but I could do with a little bit more experience. I have gained that experience from Sir Alex [Ferguson] but last year I was still playing so I wasn’t really focused on the coaching and the other side of things,” said Giggs.