Paul Scholes
Scholes thinks Giggs should be considered for the Manchester United jobGetty Images

Paul Scholes has backed his former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs to replace Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. Giggs is currently serving as an assistant manager to Van Gaal, but Scholes thinks he has the necessary experience to become the main man at United.

The Red Devils slumped out of the Europa League on Thursday night (17 March) and Scholes was quick to suggest his long-time friend could be the man to turn around their fortunes. He also suggested the current squad lacks the mental toughness needed to succeed at the top end of the game.

"We talk about bravery ... not about going through people but having the balls to play," Scholes said on BT Sport following United's 3-1 aggregate defeat to Liverpool. "To play and to take the ball, receive the ball, pass the ball. Be brave on the ball. This United team don't have that. It's a mentality thing."

Although many pundits have recommended Jose Mourinho as the man to replace Van Gaal at United, Scholes thinks Giggs is ideally suited to the role, having come up through the club's ranks and represented the first team.

"Why not Ryan Giggs?" Scholes asked during a conversation about the identity of United's next boss. "He knows the club, the standards and the expectations. I speak to fans who say they need someone with experience. Have we not had that for the past two years?"