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Friday 26 December 2014

Manchester United were wrong to make Ryan Giggs interim manager

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The support for Ryan Giggs to lead Manchester United full time is growing
The support for Ryan Giggs to lead Manchester United full time is growing

Making Ryan Giggs the interim manager of Manchester United is a big mistake. Here's why:

1. United will probably skate through their last few, meaningless, games under Giggs this season.

2. This will lead to a large percentage of Red Devils fans demanding that Giggs and his 'Class of '92' buddies to be given the job of running United full-time.

3. The United board, well aware that Moyes proved to be out of his depth, will resist the urge to install a rookie with no management experience whatsoever.

4. Giggs – and the aforementioned section of fans – will feel aggrieved.

5. The new manager's hands will be tied, right from the off, by the board, who will insist that the disappointed Giggs must be given a prominent role within the backroom staff.

6a. The enforced 'dream team' will get the new season off to a terrific start, leaving fans wondering if they couldn't have done that with Giggsy in sole control.

6b. The enforced 'dream team' will get the season off to a terrible start, leaving fans wondering if they couldn't have done better with the 40-year-old club legend in sole control.

7. Either of the aforementioned scenarios will lead to tension between the two main men over who should get the credit/blame for the great/poor start to the new campaign.

8. The tension will precipitate a schism in the dressing room between Giggs loyalists and the newbies brought in by the manager.

9. The outsider will ultimately be sacked.

10. I refer you back to 1.

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