Man United: Giggs sticks up for Mourinho - why so?

Wales manager and former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has insisted that sacking under-fire manager Jose Mourinho will not solve United’s problems.

Manchester United are currently stationed in seventh place after accumulating 21 points following a dull draw against Crystal Palace over the weekend. While there are mounting calls to remove Mourinho as the man in charge, Giggs feels there is no need to press the panic buttons and look for alternatives and has backed the Portuguese to find his feet and fix the situation.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Giggs remained adamant that changing manager would not solve anything, “I don’t see why changing the manager at this stage will change anything,” said the Welshman, who went on to add: “Everyone knows what a successful manager he’s been over the years. I believe that bit of stability we’ve not had over the years - we need to stick with him. But results also need to change. I think we’ve got the manager, the players to do that.”

The two -time Champions League winner stressed the importance of consistency if United are to turn things around and challenge teams at the top of the table, “Manchester City and Liverpool, the teams up there, they are consistent,” he added. “When you’re not the gap is obviously going to be big. When your nearest rivals are that far ahead of you it’s hard to take. It’s still 13 games into the season, time to claw it back. But the only way of doing that is going on a run of seven or eight games unbeaten - small steps to build that confidence back up.”

Man United had the worst start to a league campaign in 28 years but Mourinho’s men will be attempting to turn things around in their next league clash against Southampton before hosting Arsenal the following weekend.


Personal take

‘Giggsy’ comments may have come as a subliminal dig at the board. Man United’s deep-rooted problems began after Sir Alex Ferguson left the club 5 years ago and was succeeded by David Moyes, who was shown the door in less than a year and replaced by Louis Van Gaal. The Dutchman left the club after two years in the same fashion as his predecessor, but the same problems keep persisting under Mourinho.

Giggs may be hinting that a structural, and not necessarily a managerial, change is needed at the club.


Written by Bonno Macheng

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