Ferguson: Time for Giggs to stand on his own feet.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has giving his backing to club great Ryan Giggs to have a successful managerial career.

Giggs, who became assistant manager to Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford after retiring from football back in 2014, decided to end his 29-year spell with United over the weekend as he looks to start his managerial career elsewhere.

"It is time Ryan stood on his own feet, got out there and accepted the challenge," Ferguson told BBC Sport.

"I think he is ready to manage and he has a lot of quality. He doesn't want to spoil that quality by going to a club that is sacking a manager every two minutes.

"I talk about his poker face. He has a bit of steel about him. It is such a highly intense results industry, you need people who go into it to have a bit of steel about them, a bit of character and personality."

The Scott believes Giggs would have been Jose Mourinho's assistant if the Portuguese didn't have one.

"You have got to have, in your assistant, someone you have trusted all your life," Ferguson added.

"When I came to United, I brought Archie Knox because he was a valuable person for me. I trusted him 100 per cent.

"Mourinho has had his assistant for years and, quite rightly, has stuck by his own man.

"If Jose hadn't had an assistant, I know he would have taken Ryan."


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