Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has urged Ryan Giggs to leave Manchester United for the betterment of his career.
Giggs has spent the entirety of his footballing life at Old Trafford, having joined the club’s youth team in 1987 before playing for the club’s senior side for 24 years.
After a brief spell as player-manager, he was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s assistant in 2014 when the Dutch coach was named as the long-term replacement for David Moyes.
Ostensibly, Giggs is learning the ropes from van Gaal as he prepares himself for a career in management—potentially at United—although pundit Burley reckons that the Welshman’s plan is flawed.
Speaking to ESPN FC, the Scot believes that Giggs is not learning as much as he’d like and is merely observing van Gaal’s—somewhat flawed—approach to managing the Red Devils, rather than actually having any input and refining his coaching.
Similarly, Giggs risks being conflicted, with the pure ideals that he has learned at United throughout his career being somewhat diluted by LVG’s more pragmatic and wholly less swashbuckling approach.
Tellingly, while Giggs is still learning the ropes at Old Trafford, his former teammate Gary Neville—another United legend—has decided to step out on his own as a manger, taking his first job as head coach after replacing Nuno Espirito Santo at Valencia.