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Giggs ruled out of running
Ryan Giggs will not be appointed the next manager of Manchester United on a permanent basis, sources have told ESPN.
But while United believe their most decorated player has many of the qualities required to manage the club, they have judged it is too soon for him to assume the reins on a permanent basis.
Fergie consulted before decision to sack Moyes
- Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have played a part in the discussions which resulted in the removal of David Moyes, his chosen successor, as Manchester United manager.
- However, he did not take the final decision to terminate the 50-year-old's six-year contract, sources have told ESPN.
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They will look for a candidate with more experience to replace Moyes, who was dismissed on Tuesday morning after overseeing 10 defeats in 22 games in 2014, with Carlo Ancelotti and Louis van Gaal in the frame.
Reports suggest United are open to Giggs, who is studying for his Pro Licence, staying on as as part of a new coaching set up after he took the role of player-coach under Moyes, but even if he impresses in the last four games of the season, United want a proven manager.
Netherlands coach Van Gaal is the early favourite to replace Moyes after Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp insisted he is not interested in the position at Old Trafford. Bayern Munich's Pep Guadiola also appears to have ruled himself out.
That does not automatically mean a manager with a sizeable number of trophies to his name - United appointed Moyes on the basis of other attributes - but sources said trophies would help.
Giggs has won 13 league titles and two Champions Leagues as a United player and has made 962 appearances since debuting in 1991.
Former team-mate Bryan Robson backed Giggs to be a successful manager once he gets some experience.
"I definitely think Ryan will be a manager," Robson told The Associated Press. "Whether he gets it full-time at a club like Manchester United is a big ask."
Dwight Yorke, who played alongside Giggs in United's famous treble-winning team in the 1998-99 season, said the interim manager should allow Manchester United to finish their dismal season on a positive note.
"For me, I think in the last four games, there will be more togetherness and playing a brand of football that is more eye-catching," Yorke said.
"Players will play more in the United way. Four games is not a lot, but I think Giggs is the right man."
This article originally appeared on ESPN FC