Ferdinand praises Man United for appointing Giggs to backroom team

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand hails the club's decision to appoint Ryan Giggs as a player-coach next season

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Ryan Giggs has won 13 Premier League titles with Man United Photo: Chevrolet

Rio Ferdinand has hailed Manchester United’s decision to recruit Ryan Giggs for the club’s coaching staff as a “masterstroke”.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement David Moyes has named Giggs as part of his backroom team, along with former Red Devils defender Phil Neville, who retired at the end of the season.

And Ferdinand believes Moyes has made a shrewd decision and the former Wales international, who will act as player-coach, will prove to be a link between the United manager and his squad next term.

“I thought it was a masterstroke to put Giggsy on the coaching staff,” Ferdinand said.

“He’s got the experience, he’s an icon at the football club, he’s got the respect of the players and he can be a great sounding board for the manager.

“Also bringing in an ex-player like Phil Neville, who has got a great work ethic and who is just starting his coaching career.

“I think it’s just great to have some players who are entwined in the club’s history to be part of his staff, but also to have his blend and his people that are coming in to give new ideas to add to that is good, and hopefully it works out.”

And Ferdinand revealed he plans to take his coaching badges but the centre-half refused to shed any light on whether he planned to go into management.

“I’m still not sure what I want to do yet. I’ll take my coaching badges definitely and if the right opportunity came about, I’m sure I’d definitely look at it,” he added.

“But I don’t really think about too far ahead yet. I just want to keep ticking off years and years and keep playing. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.”

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