Former Manchester United midfielder Bryan Robson says he hopes Ryan Giggs stays at Old Trafford and continues his managerial apprenticeship under Louis van Gaal.
The Dutch coach is widely expected to be appointed United's new manager within days, and some have suggested that Giggs, who served as interim manager following the sacking of David Moyes in April, will be axed in a cull of the current coaching staff.
However Robson, who is considered one of United's greatest-ever players, said he hopes "Giggs stays a part of Manchester United, because it would be sad to lose Sir Alex Ferguson and lose Ryan the following year."
Robson, who himself managed Middlesbrough, West Brom, Bradford and Sheffield United as well as the Thai national team, described Giggs as a "knowledgeable footballer" with the desire, and qualities, to succeed as a manager.
Giggs oversaw a total of four matches during his stint as temporary boss, winning two and drawing one.
However it seems all-but-certain that United will appoint veteran Dutch coach van Gaal. Giggs reportedly flew into Holland yesterday for a meeting with the 62-year-old.
Speaking after United's final game of the season, a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday, Giggs said he would make a decision on his future within a week.