Phelan sees bright future for Giggs

19 May 2014 04:16

Former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan believes Ryan Giggs is set for a glittering future as a top-flight manager after he was confirmed as number two to new United boss Louis van Gaal on Monday.

Giggs has brought an end to his playing career in order to focus fully on his new role in the dugout and Phelan believes it is only the start of great things for the Old Trafford hero.

Phelan told BBC Radio Five Live: "Ryan is Manchester United through and through, and today is a day of condolences as well because he has actually retired from playing at the ripe old age of 40.

"His career has been magnificent but he can now focus on the next phase of his career which is hopefully coaching and managing.

"He definitely has experience on his side and he has the name and the clout behind him because of who he is and what he has achieved.

"I think (Premier League management) is the natural progression for Ryan, and I think it will happen in the next two or three years."

FIFA president Sepp Blatter paid tribute to Giggs via his official Twitter account. Blatter posted: "Ryan Giggs has retired. Remarkable career by a loyal, legendary @ManUtd entertainer. 963 games. 34 trophies. 1 club".

Source: PA