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Anders Lindegaard wants Ryan Giggs to get permanent Manchester United job

Updated: Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 10:00 | Comments

Ryan Giggs has the backing of at least one Manchester United player
Ryan Giggs has the backing of at least one Manchester United player

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has thrown his support behind interim manager Ryan Giggs and claimed the Welshman could be the next Pep Guardiola.

Holland boss Louis van Gaal is the front runner to succeed David Moyes as United manager but Lindegaard compared Giggs not only to Bayern Munich boss Guardiola, the former Barcelona coach, but also to Alex Ferguson.

He told BBC Sport: "It might sound pretty rash and naive, but, in my opinion, we are dealing with a new Guardiola.

"What we have seen in the first week has been more than convincing.

"The similarities with Alex Ferguson are striking and it is evident that Ryan Giggs has learned from one of history's most respected football managers."

He added: "Some would question whether you can go from being a team-mate one day to a manager the next. Normally I would have reservations as well, but, in the case of Giggs, it is different.

"His latest speech, before the team went onto the pitch for the Norwich game, made my hairs stand on end in a way that I have only ever experienced from Alex Ferguson: Do not disappoint the fans!"

Giggs' chances look remote even though sources close to the club insist Van Gaal is only one of several names on a shortlist.

Those names include Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, but it is understood United chiefs are determined to appoint a coach with a significant level of managerial experience at the very top of European football and that rules out Giggs.

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