Wayne Rooney yesterday said that Ryan Giggs has all the credentials to become a Manchester United manager, adding that the way the Welshman has handled himself since being appointed interim manager at Old Trafford makes him look like he’s “built” for the job.
Giggs’ managerial career got off to a winning start as United trounced Norwich 4-0, producing the sort of performance that they seemed incapable to deliver under David Moyes. After a slow start, United kicked on in the second half, attacking with conviction and swagger and playing at the sort of tempo Giggs had said he wanted to see from a Manchester United side.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game, Norwich are fighting for survival,” Rooney said after the game. “But thankfully we got four goals and a comfortable win. We’re the ones on the pitch, we have to take a lot of responsibility [for David Moyes losing his job ].
“We have to share a lot of the responsibility but it is also important for us to move on. It was tough at the start against Norwich but once we scored we were able to break them down more easily.
“We’ve had a tough week and there’s been a lot of negativity towards us as a team. We were hurt by that and we wanted to put that right. It’s important for us to end the season well.”
Rooney scored twice against Norwich and was full of praise for interim manager Ryan Giggs, who made his managerial debut yesterday. “Giggsy has come in, he’s a really experienced player and he’s built to be a manager,” he said. “We can see that as players, we can see how he’s handled himself since he took over. Giggsy has got all the credentials to be the next boss but that decision is down to the board.
“He’s built to be a manager,” said Rooney. “You can see that from the way he handles himself.
Giggs admitted losing sleep ahead of yesterday’s game, as he worried about leaving out players he had been training with until last week.
“Leaving out players was the hardest part,” Giggs said. “I’d never had to do that before, but I picked a team I thought could win the game.”
Juan Mata was left on the bench, but came on to score twice in 30 minutes as Giggs’ first substitution as a manager worked a treat.
“I think as a manager a win comes as more of a relief,” said Giggs. “Juan was disappointed to be left out, and I expected that, but he was professional about it and when he came on he showed his class. He put on a half-hour masterclass.”