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16/02/2012 09:40

Papers: Giggs for manager?

Paul Kelso writes in The Telegraph

Ferguson backs Giggs to succeed him
Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped Ryan Giggs to succeed him as manager of Manchester United when he finally decides to step down from a post he has occupied for more than 20 years. Ferguson is understood to believe that despite his lack of experience Giggs has many of the qualities required to take on the most demanding club job in English football. He praised the former Welsh international’s attributes among fellow managers and at a recent private function attended by leading business figures. Ferguson’s advocacy of his most loyal and long-standing player as his successor may come as a surprise given Giggs’s lack of experience and apparent commitment to continue playing. There is also a huge field of experienced managers who would leap at the chance to succeed Ferguson when his reign finally comes to an end, with Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, David Moyes and Martin O’Neill among those who would love be considered for the post. With the Glazer family likely to have their pick of the leading coaches in the world to take on the daunting job of succeeding Ferguson, Giggs remains an outside candidate, but Ferguson’s support would weigh heavily in his favour.

The claim above is carried by several newspapers, while there’s also plenty of coverage of Sir Alex’s pre-Ajax press conference in Amsterdam, with particular focus on the decision to rest Patrice Evra.

The Daily Mail has an exclusive interview with Ajax’s midfielder Christian Eriksen ahead of tonight’s game. The 20-year-old says: "When we were sitting watching the draw, we thought, 'Oh no, that's the team we wanted to avoid'. But now we're excited."

And the same paper reports Sir Alex is keeping tabs on "the next Javier Hernandez" – 20-year-old Tigres and Mexico Under-20 forward Alan Pulido.

More: Muhren: Reds are favouritesStrikers up for Ajax tieGiggs: I almost quit

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