Having taken over the reins from David Moyes, Ryan Giggs spoke to the Press for the first time since taking over as the Interim manager at Manchester United, hinting that the team was far from satisfied with the David Moyes era.
Having been associated with the club for more than a few decades, Ryan Giggs was visibly excited as he addressed the Press before the game against Norwich on Saturday. In charge of the squad after David Moyes’ dismissal on Tuesday, the interim manager hinted that things were far from satisfactory during David Moyes’ spell with the Red Devils. The fact that he spoke about the returning the smile on the faces of the fans and making training sessions more enjoyable seemed to suggest that the player was far from happy with Moyes’ job at Manchester United. There were earlier reports suggesting that he had fallen out with David Moyes regarding the training methods, suggesting that Moyes’ defensive attitude was against the Manchester United philosophy. Addressing his first Press conference, he insisted on instilling the old Manchester United philosophy, suggesting perhaps that David Moyes attitude was one against the club’s tradition.
Having been a part of Manchester United since he was a teenager, Ryan Giggs counts his recent elevation as the proudest moment in his career and believes that he will try and return the old Manchester United to the Old Trafford.
“It’s a club I’ve been associated with for 25 years and it’s a proud moment for me and one I will enjoy. I’ve enjoyed the week and I’m proud more than anything. It’s probably the proudest moment of my career and one I’m going to enjoy for the remaining two and a half weeks of the season and bring back some smiles onto the faces of the fans.”
Talking about the drastic turn of events at Manchester United this past week, which saw the club let go of David Moyes rather unceremoniously, Ryan Giggs exclaimed that he was indeed shocked and surprised when Ed Woodward asked him to take control of the team. He admits that it has been extremely hectic taking over the reins but seemed up to the task, even relishing his new role at Manchester United.
“It has been a difficult week for the club and it was a shock to me on Tuesday when I spoke to Ed and he informed me David was leaving and then asked me to take over. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week for me but one I’ve enjoyed – it has been different, chaotic and I’ve been getting a little taste as it’s my fourth day in the job. I can never imagine what you have to do and things it entails being a Manchester United manager.”
He dismissed suggestions of taking over the role of the manager on a permanent basis and believes that he is only focusing on the game at hand.
“I’m just concentrating on a short time, the four games remaining, that’s the main focus on Saturday and Norwich as it’s going to be a tough game with them fighting for their lives. After that, I’ve not really thought about it.”
The player-manager spoke about the need to instill confidence in the players, suggesting that he asked them to enjoy the game on Saturday. He believes that the only way to play better football is to make sure that the players are enjoying the training sessions.
“I’ll tell the players just to try to enjoy yourself, express yourself. I don’t know if I’d be saying that as manager last week because the performance wasn’t great but I’ve come into the job and my immediate aim is to win on Saturday and I felt just the way to do that is to make training as enjoyable as I can so they can go out and play and they have done that.”
Ryan Giggs admitted that the current season has been extremely disappointing with all those involved, suggesting that maybe David Moyes did not understand the ‘Manchester United philosophy’. He seemed eager to bring the United of old back alive on the pitch, as a tribute to the fans who have stood by the club this season.
“It’s going to be my philosophy, obviously the Manchester United philosophy as I’ve been here for all my career. I want players to play with passion, speed, tempo and be brave with imagination, all the things that are expected of a Manchester United player. To work hard but, most of all, enjoy it. As a player I know if I’m enjoying the game I can express myself a lot more and that’s what I’ll be doing with the team tomorrow.”
“It’s been a frustrating season for everyone. We win together and lose together and in these remaining four games, I want to bring the positivity back. Three home games at Old Trafford, where the home form hasn’t been great, and I want to see goals, tackles, players taking players on and getting the crowd up. I want the passion that should come with being a Manchester United player.”
How well will the interim player-manager at Manchester United manager the game on Saturday? Will he succeed in making the fans ‘smile again’ or is there no end to the disappointment for Manchester United this season. We shall soon find out.