Dublin backing Giggs for United hotseat
Published 13:58 16/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin has backed Ryan Giggs to take over as Red Devils manager one day.
It has been claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson championed Giggs' cause at a recent private function.
Having just signed a one-year contract extension and with no managerial experience, it would be a shock if United's hierarchy were thinking of Giggs as a potential direct successor to Ferguson.
After all, the game has moved on significantly since 1986, when Kenny Dalglish became player-manager at Liverpool.
However, should he wish to pursue the management path, it is easy to imagine Giggs learning the trade under someone like Jose Mourinho or David Moyes.
The timescale is impossible to predict given Ferguson has shown no inclination to abandon the post that has been his for nearly 26 years.
At some point in the future though, Dublin would not be surprised if Giggs found himself at the helm.
"I don't see why not. He would fit the bill perfectly," said Dublin.
"Ryan's knowledge of the game is incredible.
"There is no one who knows more about Manchester United and what it means to be a Manchester United player.
"He still has another couple of years left as a player but I wouldn't rule it out."
Dublin was speaking to promote Disney XD's hit football series Goalmouth, which premieres on Thursday, February 23.
The ex-England international will appear in a new segment called "Gendle's Footy Jobs" in which Dublin plays mentor to Adam Gendle, showing the programme's host all the varied jobs involved in football without actually being a player.
As Dublin pointed out, Giggs would not have come close to his staggering longevity without the back-up of nutritionists, dieticians, fitness coaches, physios, kit men and countless other vital members of the United back-up team.
"I joined Manchester United 20 years ago. Ryan Giggs was there then and he is still there now. It is absolutely incredible," said Dublin.
"Ryan is a very special footballer and a very special person.
"But even he needs help making sure his diet is correct, his training is tailored specifically to him and even the seemingly insignificant stuff like having the correct studs in his boots."
Dublin might have added the regular yoga sessions that have kept the 38-year-old supple enough to get within one more game of making 900 appearances for United.
"It is no fluke he has achieved what he has, gone on for so long and scored so many goals," said Dublin.
"When I was there, he was one of the players who stayed out on the training ground along with David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes with a big bag of balls to practice his set pieces.
"You have to take your hat off to people like that.
"To be so long, playing at the very highest level, at the best club in the world is truly amazing."