Andy Cole wants Ryan Giggs to replace Van Gaal

Manchester United legend Andy Cole has lent his support for Ryan Giggs as the club’s next manager.

Giggs has been Louis van Gaal’s number two during his reign at United, but that is set to come to an end this summer.

Andy Cole thinks that Ryan Giggs should take over from under-fire Louis van Gaal, with the Welshman sure to instill attacking football at Old Trafford. Will the Christmas period decide Louis van Gaal’s fate?

Andy Cole is pictured with former United team-mates Giggs (left) and Scholes (right) in August 2015

Photo: Andy Cole (center) is pictured with former United team-mates Ryan Giggs (left) and Paul Scholes (right) in August 2015.

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25 Apr 1999: Andy Cole of Manchester United in action during the FA Carling Premiership game between Leeds United v Manchester United at Elland Road in Leeds, England. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill /Allsport

Andrew Alexander “Andy” Cole (born 15 October 1971 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) is an English former professional footballer. As a player, he was a striker from 1988 to 2008. He is most notably remembered for his time in the Premier League, with Manchester United, where he spent six years of his career and winning numerous trophies in the process.

On 10 January 1995, Cole was suddenly sold in a shock deal to Manchester United for a deal worth £7 million – £6 million cash plus £1 million-rated Keith Gillespie going in the opposite direction, setting a new record for the most expensive British transfer.

Despite joining halfway through the 1994–95 season, Cole still managed to score 12 goals in just 18 Premier League games for United. This included his first, the winner in a 1–0 victory over Aston Villa on 4 February at Old Trafford and five in the 9–0 rout of Ipswich Town; making him the first player to score five goals in a Premier League game.

His first full season in 1995–96 with Manchester United proved to be difficult, as Cole struggled to find his trademark form in a side now built around the much heralded return of Eric Cantona.

Cole was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis last year and he underwent a course of strong steroids which affected his appearance. The kidney disease was prompted by an airborne virus he contracted in June, with Cole feeling ill after flying back from a trip with United to Vietnam to watch players.

He also missed out on an Old Trafford charity game organized by former team-mate David Beckham because of the virus.

And Cole told Sky Sports that United already have the perfect solution to their managerial woes.

“Giggs would be brilliant. He’s been there all his career,” Cole said.

Ryan Giggs . left
Ryan Giggs urging United player to do better – during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on December 19, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Andy Cole said, inter alia:

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“I liked the idea of my old team-mate Ryan Giggs replacing Van Gaal after three years. Ryan will make a good manager in a few years and I’m sure his teams would be inclined to play attacking football.

He’s hard, focused, clinical and knows football. He’s done his badges and passed them all. He doesn’t have much experience managing at the top level, but nor did Pep Guardiola when he took over a very good Barcelona team who’d won the European Cup two years previously.

If Ryan was to takeover at United tomorrow then he wouldn’t have that luxury. For Ryan to take the job now would be very difficult, but he’s learned a lot since he started coaching.

He’s seen how tough it can be when things aren’t going your way, though his reputation has not been enhanced sitting on the sideline as the players out front have struggled. I’m glad he was off the bench during the Norwich game and encouraging his players. I’d rather see than a coach looking at flip charts.

I can also see why United fans want a Guardiola or Jose Mourinho in charge. They’re used to seeing their team winning and those two are winners. When they hear that City are getting Guardiola, they don’t like the idea of slipping behind City.

These are uncertain times at Manchester United. I just want to see the team start winning again and playing decent football. It’s Manchester United, is that too much to ask?”

Andy Cole

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