Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has compared interim manager Ryan Giggs to club legend Sir Alex Ferguson. After Ferguson decided to announce his retirement as a football manager last summer, it was already heavily speculated that some of his famous players may decide to step into his shoes. Ryan Giggs was mooted as a possible successor even before Ferguson announced his retirement. However, the opportunity to succeed the Scot went to David Moyes, who failed miserably and was sacked from the job after just 10 months in charge of the club.
Giggs was appointed as the interim manager for the final four matches of the season. He started the managerial reign in impressive fashion after beating Norwich 4-0 at Old Trafford. For most of the 90 minutes, it looked like United were their old self. Giggs used a lot of tactics that were famous from the club during the regime of Ferguson. This has led to Dutchman van Persie saying that Giggs, who may finally decide to hang up his boots at the end of the season, reminds him of Ferguson in several ways.
Van Persie worked with Ferguson for only one season, but they were extremely successful together after lifting the league title, which also proved to be the Scot’s last.
“I witnessed two team meetings as I came in a bit late. The one from the last game against Sunderland, and Tuesday’s game, were incredible. They were Sir Alex-esque. He’s been brilliant,” said the striker, who has also dismissed suggestions that the players did not give their 100% under Moyes. Van Persie was one of the players rumoured to be unhappy with the training regime and tactics of the former Everton man, who was sacked after a 2-0 defeat against his former club at Goodison Park a few weeks ago.