Lindegaard: Giggs a 'new Guardiola'
6:55pm Monday 28th April 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has become the latest figure to throw his support behind interim manager Ryan Giggs, suggesting that the Welshman could be the next Pep Guardiola.
Bayern Munich boss Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the world's finest coaches after guiding Barcelona to three Primera Division and two Champions League titles in his four seasons at the Nou Camp.
The Spaniard has also steered Bayern to the Bundesliga title and Champions League semi-finals this season, although some in Bavaria criticised his possession-based tactics following the 1-0 first-leg loss to Real Madrid last week.
Giggs was placed in charge of United following David Moyes' sacking on Tuesday and his team were noticeably more attack-minded in a 4-0 victory over Norwich on Saturday evening with striker Wayne Rooney hailing his manager's impact.
That has led some to suggest that the 40-year-old could be handed the job on a permanent basis in the summer despite Holland coach Louis van Gaal clearly being the favourite to land the post.
And Lindegaard's endorsement will surely add more fuel to that fire, with the Dane comparing Giggs not only to Guardiola but also to former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
"It might sound pretty rash and naive, but, in my opinion, we are dealing with a new Guardiola," he told BBC Sport.
"What we have seen in the first week has been more than convincing.
"The similarities with Sir Alex Ferguson are striking and it is evident that Ryan Giggs has learnt from one of history's most respected football managers."
He added: "Some would question whether you can go from being a team-mate one day to a manager the next. Normally I would have reservations as well, but, in the case of Giggs, it is different.
"His latest speech, before the team went onto the pitch for the Norwich game, made my hairs stand on end in a way that I have only ever experienced from Sir Alex Ferguson: Do not disappoint the fans!"