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GC Posted On: Oct 12, 2020

A successful European Championship with Wales would make Ryan Giggs a contender to manage Manchester United, says former national team boss Mark Hughes.
Hughes thinks Giggs missed out in 2016, when Jose Mourinho took charge, because United wanted a big-name manager to rival Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.

But he says the Wales boss, 46, is now better placed for the Old Trafford job.

“Ryan is in a good place in his management career. He is on an upward trend,” said Hughes.

“He is probably more likely to get an opportunity at Manchester United than he was when [Louis] van Gaal left [in 2016].

“Maybe they felt his management CV wasn’t strong enough at that point, but if he goes to the European Championship and does well, then there’s no reason why he won’t be in the frame.”

Giggs began building towards management after being named United player-coach at the back end of his glittering Red Devils playing career.

Having worked initially under David Moyes, Giggs served briefly as player-manager after the Scot’s sacking and was then made assistant to Van Gaal when he took over in 2014.

There were suggestions Giggs would take over when Van Gaal was dismissed, but he opted to leave the club after United turned instead to former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss Mourinho.


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