Ryan Giggs happy that Alex Ferguson is still watching over him at Manchester United
RYAN GIGGS knows Alex Ferguson is still watching over him — and he is very happy about it.
The legendary Manchester United boss was there for Giggs for all but 22 of his record 963 club appearances.
Giggs, 42 later this month, is now Louis van Gaal’s right-hand man. And the Dutchman has already tipped Giggs to succeed him when he retires as Old Trafford boss at the end of next season.
Yet asked about Fergie’s influence and his support, the ex- Welsh wing wizard cannot help but stress his continued importance to him.
Giggs said: “I don’t really talk to him on a regular basis. But he always says ‘if you ever need help’ — just as it was when I was a player.
“I know he is there for me. And that’s good to know.
“I was very fortunate to play under him for so long — and I would be stupid not to seek his advice. And I have done since I finished playing.”
Giggs visited Wrexham junior club Brickfield Rangers to present them with a new strip as part of the McDonald’s Kit Scheme.
He added: “I’m loving coaching. It’s the next best thing to being a player.
“Nothing will ever replace being a player. But to actually go out and coach such qualityevery day and learn under Louis, it’s been a great experience.
“Even though I played for so long it is a different skill. Usually you are one of those 20 players getting talked to rather than you delivering the talk, you see it from the different perspective of a coaching aspect.
“Louis is so experienced and he’s been great, giving me a lot of responsibility from the beginning.
“And that is helping me. I’m so lucky to have worked under managers like Louis and Sir Alex.
“And with any manager you work with, you try to pick up pieces that can help you.
“But I also know that you have to be your own person, have your own personality and stamp your own authority on your career.”
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