The former Manchester United midfielder believes his compatriot Giggs is in a ‘good place’ in his career and that there is ‘no reason’ why he wouldn’t be in contention to become the next manager at Old Trafford.
Mauricio Pochettino – still out of work since losing his job at Tottenham Hotspur – has long been tipped to be the man to replace Solskjaer in the dugout, but Hughes thinks Giggs – who had a stint as caretaker manager after David Moyes’ departure – could be in United bosses’ thoughts.
‘I think Ryan is in a good place in his management career,’ Hughes told BBC Sport.
‘He is on an upward trend. He is probably more likely to get an opportunity at Manchester United than he was when Van Gaal left.
‘Maybe they felt his management CV wasn’t strong enough at that point, but if he goes to the European Championship and does well, then there’s no reason why he won’t be in the frame.
‘He was a fantastic player throughout his career and he’s had good opportunities to learn the game on the other side of the fence.
‘Obviously he was mentored by Sir Alex [Ferguson] for many years and in later years he was able to work alongside him. He then worked very closely with Van Gaal for a couple of years, which I felt was a good decision by him and the club.
‘I think that was pushed maybe a little bit because of the appointment at Manchester City of Guardiola. Maybe they felt they needed like for like, which probably affected Ryan’s chances.’