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27th Sep 2015

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals his top choice to succeed Louis van Gaal

It's not David Moyes...

Robert Redmond

Sir Alex Ferguson’s record as a manager could never be in question.

The 73-year-old is arguably the greatest football manager ever and enjoyed an incredible 26 years in charge of Manchester United, yielding 13 league titles and 38 trophies in total.

There was also a spell in charge of Aberdeen that brought the Scottish club unprecedented levels of success, and broke up the Old Firm hegemony.

However, Ferguson’s record in choosing managers is less than stellar. The Scot recommended David Moyes as his successor in 2013, and it was an unmitigated disaster.

So much so, you’d imagine he would leave the succession plans to others. However, Fergie’s back for more.

With Louis van Gaal expected to step down when his contract expires at the end of next season, thoughts have already turned to who’ll replace the Dutchman.

Reports last week said Pep Guardiola was the United hierarchy’s preferred choice, while Van Gaal has said Ryan Giggs will replace him. Manchester United v Norwich City - Premier League

It appears that Fergie is in agreement with the current United boss and is backing Giggs to take over.

“I think Ryan (Giggs) has all the qualities to be a fantastic manager,” Ferguson said about United’s current assistant manager.

“I have heard it said that he will have to go to another club first because he doesn’t have enough experience. But he is gaining experience working with Louis van Gaal and he also had experience working with David Moyes and working under me as a player.

“I don’t think that Ryan needs to go anywhere.”

Giggs took charge of the final four games of the 2013/14 season, following Moyes’ dismissal, before becoming Van Gaal’s assistant.

The United legend would be a popular choice with fans, but should the club listen to Ferguson’s advice again?