The Class of ’92 have offered Manchester United so much and briefly it seemed destined that Ryan Giggs would one day take the manager’s job.
That could still happen. Right now though if Jose Mourinho is fired then Giggs is unlikely to be an option as he is currently fulfilling his other dream job as Wales manager.
Instead, United could turn to one of Giggs’ old teammates, Nicky Butt.
Butt is currently leading United as our head of academy and he has helped turn around the form of the club’s youth teams.
Ever since his appointment in 2016 he has held a key role and has helped oversee the development of promising young stars Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, and Mason Greenwood.
New approach needed
Failed appointments of Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho clearly demonstrate that a big name manager is no guarantee for success.
It is time for United to get back to our roots, and hire a manager with a vision, who knows the club, and who can lead us forward.
Giggs may have been ideal. Nicky Butt might actually be even better.
Butt could make a swift transition in as Mourinho’s replacement if he is fired, and even assume the caretaker role. From there on, it’s his job to lose.
The former midfielder knows the value of the academy talents, telling The Times earlier this year: “We develop first-team players better than anybody. We also develop players for others’ first teams better than anybody.”
As a successful player who starred in the same team as Roy Keane, Butt won’t be afraid of handling big first team personalities.
Spells away from United at Newcastle and Birmingham also showed him how good United have it. He knows our values should not be taken for granted.
As Mourinho is showing, any appointment is a gamble.
Putting Nicky Butt in charge would give United time to really build something special.
Forget quick fixes. Get United back to what they do best. Win trophies, get fans back on their feet, and don’t let this talented crop of youngsters go to waste.