Rio Ferdinand not convinced by Ryan Giggs as Louis van Gaal successor

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Rio Ferdinand not convinced by Ryan Giggs as Louis van Gaal successor

Rio Ferdinand thinks Manchester United would be taking a risk if they appointed Ryan Giggs as their next manager.

Louis van Gaal's position as United boss has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after his team slipped down the Premier League table after exiting the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho has been tipped to succeed Van Gaal if he is sacked and Giggs, who is the Dutchman's assistant, has also been mentioned as a possible successor.

The Welshman was yesterday linked with taking the manager's job at Swansea City once the season finishes.

Ferdinand, who played alongside Giggs for 12 years, acknowledges the Welshman would stick to the club's long-founded traditions of playing attractive football and bringing through youth players.

But he also concedes it would be a gamble appointing someone with no long-term managerial experience.

"Jose Mourinho's name is getting mentioned. If you want someone whose got a career track record in winning in the Premier League and various other countries, then he's that guy," Ferdinand told NDTV.

"But if you want someone who understands the philosophy, whose respectful of the philosophy, who identifies with the fans, knows the place inside out, who's going to be a bigger risk, then Ryan Giggs is that guy."

Ferdinand won the Premier League six times during a successful 12-year spell under Sir Alex Ferguson.

The defender played alongside some of the most revered names in the club's history like Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Together they played some of the most exhilarating football in decades, but now United are playing for more conservative football and Ferdinand does not like it.

"From when I left, I knew it would be difficult. But I expected more," said Ferdinand, who made 455 appearances for the club.

"I expected us to make a bigger change under the new manager but it just hasn't gone as well as we would have liked.

"I think the biggest problem today is the style of football. If you speak to anybody, that's the biggest problem for people.

"They can understand not winning sometimes, but if you play the right way, the philosophy that everyone has come to expect from Manchester United, then people will be more accommodated. But that has not been the case."

The Dutchman's tactics have been widely criticised this season, including by another former Red Paul Scholes

Van Gaal has hit out at the media on several occasions after reports emerged of United making contact with Mourinho.

But Ferdinand insists the former Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach should be used to such criticism after 25 years in management.

"If you are the current manager of Manchester United, or any football club and your name is being touted about getting the sack and about people getting put in, it's definitely not nice to hear," he said.

"But that's the industry we are in and that happens. You can't say I don't like it, you're here, this is what you have been doing for years and that's the way it is so you have got to accept it."