Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke insists that there should only be one candidate to replace Louis van Gaal as the club’s manager when the Dutchman departs.
Van Gaal is contracted until 2017, but United’s up-and-down campaign has led to speculation that he could be replaced this summer, with Jose Mourinho tipped to arrive.
But Yorke, who won an historic treble in his first season at United, claims that Ryan Giggs – and ONLY Ryan Giggs – should be considered for the top job whenever it becomes available.
The Welshman has been working alongside van Gaal in what has been a tricky transition period for the club following the retirement of Alex Ferguson, who had been in charge for 26 years, in 2013.
And speaking exclusively to 888sport, the Yorke said: “I want to say this categorically. Giggs has been under the main man now for three years and you look at how football is changing.
“In Spain’s top three all the managers are young ex players. You have Pep who is coming over, a young manager at 45. There’s Pochettino at Spurs and Zidane and Enrique in Spain and Conte in Italy and Gary Neville is being given a chance.
“You’ll find now in the next five years there will be more young ex players managing football teams because there is a new generation of managers coming through. The old ones are fizzling out. The likes of Sam Allardyce may hang on in there for another year or two but the new generation are coming.”
“For Manchester United now there is no candidate out there. You have to accept that Jose Mourinho has been a great manager but if there is a change of manager at Manchester United and Van Gaal goes then it will be Ryan Giggs.
“If they don’t either this season or next season then Giggs won’t be around anymore because he has served his time. If he can’t make the step up after three years after seeing all he has seen then when? After ten? There is only one candidate. There is no question in my mind who should get the job.”
“Look at Laurent Blanc at PSG. I played with Blanc and he struggled with France but look at him now. You have to give the young people a chance. As soon as Van Gaal walks out of the door there is only one man who should have the job – Giggsy. Van Gaal has another couple of years then he’s done anyway. The circle is about to change.”
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Read the full 888sport interview with Dwight Yorke here including how he thinks this week is make or break for Manchester United.