Fergie's successor

Last Updated: 01/03/13 11:25am

Ryan Giggs is a genuine contender to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager, according to Sunday Supplement panelist Andy Dunn.

"I bet you he is already thinking I wonder if I can go on next year."

Andy Dunn

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The 39-year-old scored Manchester United's second goal in their 2-0 victory over QPR on Saturday in his 999th appearance in senior football. His 1000th appearance could come at home to Norwich next weekend and the Sunday Supplement panel were unanimous in their praise for Giggs.

And with the Welshman's influence on the training pitch growing all the time, Dunn believes he could go on to be Manchester United's next manager - when he has finally finished playing that is.

When asked if Giggs could succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager, the Mirror journalist said: "I think he is. I do.

"I don't think it is beyond the realms of possibility that he could play on for another season, learn during that time and then have a year or two - let's say Fergie stays around for another two or three years - I think he could go straight in. I really do think that is a possibility."

Dunn added: "I bet you he is already thinking I wonder if I can go on next year. He has never been one for ceremony but he will be thinking how he can best look after himself for this season and the close season so he can play football one more year. That is the way he operates. It has been an absolutely incredible achievement."

Fellow Supplement panelist Henry Winter, from the Telegraph, insists Giggs' latest record reiterates his status as Manchester United's greatest player of the Premier League years.

"He is clearly Manchester United's greatest player in the Premier League because he has been there all that time," he said.

"You can talk about Schmeichel and Keane and Cantona and Ronaldo and Scholes. But Giggs has been there season after season, twisted full-back after twister full-back and the records and the goals."

"I have been interviewing him since he was about 20 or 21 and I interviewed him earlier this season and nothing had changed with him. That hunger, that desire. The gaunt features because he is so driven."