Ryan Giggs could have retained the core of Sir Alex Ferguson’s coaching team and allowed the Scot to remain involved in ‘certain aspects’ behind the scenes had he succeeded him at Manchester United, claims former first-team coach Rene Meulensteen.
Sir Alex recommended David Moyes to be his successor at Old Trafford after ending a glorious 26 years at the helm in 2013.
The former Everton boss altered the set-up by bringing in his own men as Mike Phelan, Eric Steele and Meulensteen all departed.
Just 10 months later, Moyes was sacked with the champions failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995.
Giggs stepped in as caretaker boss for the final four games of the season and was appointed as successor Louis van Gaal’s assistant that summer.
And Meulensteen believes if could have been very different had Sir Alex hand-picked Giggs instead of Moyes when he retired, report the Manchester Evening News.
"If David Gill had not quit, too, then maybe Giggsy would have been appointed manager, with Ferguson in the background taking care of certain aspects, and the machine room – the coaching staff – would have remained the same, he told Planet Football.
"Five years on, I still think it was an unbelievable opportunity for David, which he misjudged. He misread the difference between Everton and Manchester United, which is like going from a yacht to a cruise ship.
"He will never admit that, though."
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