Ryan Giggs expects United decisions next week

The interim player-manager will decide next week what his next step will be as the club continues its search for a new manager.

Ryan Giggs expects Manchester United's new manager to be appointed next week but has yet to make a decision on his own future.

Giggs finished his four-game spell in interim charge with a 1-1 draw against Southampton at St Mary's, but he is unsure what the next steps will be for him or the club.

United was disappointing in the first half on Sunday and it took the introduction of Michael Carrick at halftime to spark it into life - Juan Mata rescuing a point with a superb free kick.

The result sees United finish seventh in the Premier League - missing out on UEFA Europa League football - and changes are expected at Old Trafford ahead of the new campaign, both in the dugout and on the pitch.

Giggs has been linked with a role as part of the new manager's staff next season, but he insisted no decision had been made on the next move in his career.

"It's been an experience, there have been more ups than downs but I've enjoyed it," the 40-year-old said. "I will decide within the next week (what to do), I think the managerial situation will be sorted in the next week, and on my own position I need to think about that and decide what I'm going to do.

"It's whether to play on as a player or not, if I stay on in the staff what position that's going to be or whether take a year out from football. These are probably the options so these are the decisions I've got to make. All options are open to me, I'll look at everything. I might have to do it quick if a new manager is appointed."

Whoever takes over at Old Trafford - and Louis van Gaal remains the overwhelming favorite - will not have to worry about European competition, but Giggs believes that could benefit United in their rebuilding process.

"I'm quite a positive person, hopefully it (not being in Europe) will help us in our league form and we can have good cup runs, which we didn't this year," the Welshman added. "We're a club that want to win things. This year's been frustrating, it's not happened but we always try to come back stronger.

"We'll have a new manager and I'm sure new players coming in and improving the team so there's a lot to look forward to."