Manchester United want role for Ryan Giggs at Old Trafford in bid to retain link with the past

The Welshman is currently acting as caretaker manager until the end of the season

Manchester United want to engineer a role for Ryan Giggs to persuade him to stay under a new manager, because of the commercial and footballing importance of retaining a link to the club’s past.

Chief executive Ed Woodward is pursuing a list of successors to David Moyes, despite Louis van Gaal’s apparent urgent desire to get the club to commit to him this week. But while Giggs will not be made manager because of United’s wish for experience as the antidote to a 10-month decline under Moyes, Woodward is acutely aware what a loss to the brand values of United Giggs would be. He will want to find a role acceptable to the 40-year-old, though that might be a process of negotiation, because Giggs will not be forced on the next regime.

Further evidence of the positive response to Giggs’s installation as interim manager has come in a declaration from Rio Ferdinand, who has said that he wants to continue his United career next season – despite deciding during the brief Moyes era to leave, with Nemanja Vidic.

Ferdinand said: “I’m going to continue playing. Whether it’s here, I don’t know. But I hope so. When you have been successful, you don’t want to look at a negative perspective or viewpoint, you always look around and think, ‘What can we win? What do we want to win?’ That will be no different next season.”

Read more: Manchester United 4 Norwich 0 match report
Giggs is up to the United job, says Rooney

Woodward is keeping options open on Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone. Ancelotti may feel more open to a move if Real fail to make the Champions League final this week. Pep Guardiola, who wanted a move to England after resigning at Barcelona, may also review his options if Bayern Munich do not progress in Europe tomorrow.

Giggs was non-committal on Saturday on whether he would stay at United if he is not made permanent manager. Asked if he could imagine separation and whether he was desperate to remain involved, Giggs said: “I think that’s another conversation. I don’t know what I’m doing about playing. I don’t know what’s going to happen, so again it’s something that I’ll think about and decide with the appropriate people after the season.”

Evidence of Van Gaal’s keenness to position himself for a job which is far more attractive than it was a year ago emerged in Dutch newspaper reports yesterday that he wants an answer from Old Trafford this week.

Suggested Topics
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas