Louis van Gaal is expected to assume the managerial reins at Old Trafford after this summer’s World Cup but the Dane believes his team-mate has all the necessary qualities
Manchester United have unearthed a new Pep Guardiola in the shape of interim boss Ryan Giggs, according to goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.
Giggs, handed the managerial reins for United’s final four matches of the season in the wake of the sacking of David Moyes, presided over a comfortable 4-0 victory against Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday.
It is understood that Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has already agreed a deal to become United’s next permanent manager after this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
But Lindegaard has been blown away by the impact Giggs has made in his new role, and believes he has the potential to scale the same heights as the Bayern Munich boss.
“His last speech before the team went on the pitch before the match against Norwich was spine-tingling in a way that I have only experienced from Sir Alex,” the Dane wrote in his column for betfair.com.dk.
“Some might question whether it can work to go from being a team-mate to the manager from one day to the next.
“Normally, I have my reservations, but in Giggs’ case, it is another matter.
“It probably sounds rather naive and impetuous, and I understand people’s scepticism about any conclusion drawn from the results of four workouts, a game and a day off, but to me we are dealing with a new Guardiola.
“The question is whether he is already ready to meet the enormous potential he possesses.
“Fortunately, it’s not my decision to make, but whatever the club decides, I’m sure that everyone on and around the team will respect it.”