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Giggs backed by key United figures

ESPN staff
April 24, 2014
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Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs has been backed by two key Old Trafford figures to impress as a boss.

Eric Harrison, a highly respected coach after being credited with developing the famous Class of 92 team which included Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham, claims his former charge has what it takes to succeed as a manager.

And Sir Alex Ferguson, still an influential director at United, long ago recognised the potential for the Welshman to take charge of and shape a successful side.

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"He is a legend at the club," Harrison, who worked with Giggs when he was in United's youth set up, told talkSPORT. "He is up there with likes of Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. He is well respected with all the players and supporters and he will get the atmosphere better on the training ground and at Old Trafford.

"I used to call him a football nut because he took everything on board. He has got a chance [to be a top manager]."

Giggs has been placed in temporary charge at United following David Moyes' sacking on Tuesday and has fellow Class of 92 members Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville assisting him.

Ferguson was the United manager who brought them into the first team and nurtured their talent at senior level and, in his recent autobiography, gave his endorsement to Giggs the manager.

"Ryan could definitely be a manager because he's so wise and players invariably respect him," Ferguson wrote in the book which was published last year.

"His relative quietness would not be a barrier. There are plenty of non-vocal managers. But your character must be strong."

Giggs has been told he is not in the running for the job on a permanent basis but will reportedly discuss the state of the club with United Co-chairmen Avram and Joel Glazer over the next few days.

The Glazers will also meet chief executive Ed Woodward at Old Trafford to discuss replacing Moyes and begin working on how to return the current champions to the top next season, according The Sun.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal is the favourite to succeed Moyes in the longer term but Carlo Ancelotti, at Real Madrid, is also said to be a strong contender.

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