Ryan Giggs puts his faith in Manchester United’s old boys’ network
06:30 26 April 2014
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Ryan Giggs made it a priority to tap into Manchester United’s old boys’ network as he prepared to embark on his first steps in management against Norwich City.
The Reds’ interim boss was quick to consult Sir Alex Ferguson in the aftermath of accepting the Old Trafford board’s invitation to replace David Moyes, before drafting Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes into his coaching set-up.
“Obviously I played under Sir Alex for so long so he was the first person to call because I wanted advice and to know what to expect. Who better to ring?” he said. “Nicky was with the reserves so I asked him to come up and help with the first team, which he was more than happy to do. Then I phoned Scholesy because I know how much the club means to these people. They feel the same way I do about the club and I know in the short space of time we have they’ll give it everything to make it a success and hopefully end what has been a frustrating season on a high.”
Giggs has been delighted with the initial response from his team mates as he looks to get his reign off to a winning start against the Canaries.
“I’ve had to take a bit of stick. Things like where are you going to park, what do we call you? And I had a ‘gaffer’ sign on my place in the dressing room,” he said. “The players have been great and the reaction in training has been sharp. I’ve just tried to make things relaxed and for everyone to enjoy themselves. As I said let’s have a good end to what has been a frustrating and disappointing season.
“I’ve just told them ‘I trust you and I know what you’re capable of and go out there and show it on Saturday and give the fans something to shout about. Entertain them, score goals, make tackles, play with speed, play with tempo.’
“My philosophy is the Manchester United philosophy. I want players to play with passion, speed, tempo and with imagination, all the things that are expected of a Manchester United player.
“I’ll tell the players just try to enjoy yourself, express yourself. I them to give the fans something to smile about in the remaining four games.
“I can’t wait for 5.30pm on Saturday and walking out at Old Trafford. I know the place will be rocking and the fans will get right behind us.”
Giggs admitted facing Neil Adams’ side is going to be something of a release after a ‘whirlwind’ few days.
“From Tuesday morning when (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward asked me to look after the team for the remaining four games, which I had no hesitation in saying yes to, from then on it’s been a crazy week,” he said.
“I’ve got to say it’s the proudest moment of my life. I’ve supported Manchester United all my life, it’s been the biggest part of my life since I was 14 when I signed schoolboy forms. I’m proud, happy, a little bit nervous but, just like I am as a player, I can’t wait for the game on Saturday.”