After a week he himself described as “a whirlwind”, Ryan Giggs took charge of his first game as Manchester United interim manager, following the sacking of David Moyes on Tuesday, and got his managerial career off to the best of starts, as United swept Norwich aside with a convincing 4-0 win.
While the Canaries might not have been the toughest of tests for Giggs’ team (admittedly, that has a wonderful ring to it), there were some positives signs after a season of doom and gloom. Here’s five talking points from Saturday.
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.
With the dust beginning to settle on what was a disastrous tenure for ex-manager David Moyes, the recruitment drive for the next boss seems to be as cloudy as ever.
I have to say that there is something quite romantic about Manchester United over recent days. The idea of the Class of 92 digging their club out of trouble and taking the reigns. It almost resembles a classroom that has overthrown an inadequate supply teacher and now the students are in charge. From experience, the class is always then given a much stricter ruler.
“We’re Man United, we’re at home, I expect us to win and play well and we want to give the fans something to shout about, play attacking football, score goals, make tackles.”
Ryan Giggs might only be in the Manchester United dugout for the next four games but if the above statement is anything to go by, then the remainder of the season could prove to be a world away from the dour, turgid, reality we’ve experienced for the last 10 months.
Former United coach Rene Meulensteen has revealed that David Moyes repeatedly “ignored advices” of the coaching staff and made a series of fundamental mistakes that ultimately led to his demise and to him losing his job barely 10 months into his Old Trafford career.
Along with Mike Phelan, Meulensteen was one of the members of Sir Alex Ferguson’s coaching staff that in July were deemed surplus to requirements by Moyes, who opted to bring in his Everton lieutenants Jimmy Lumsden, Steve Round, Chris Woods and Phil Neville and the Dutchman claimed that Moyes only has himself to blame for his failure.
Gary Neville has insisted United don’t need to replace David Moyes with a “big name” manager, as the club’s aura should in itself be enough to attract world class players at Old Trafford.
Ryan Giggs has been appointed as interim manager until the end of the season and will take charge of his first ever game as Manchester United manager on Saturday when Norwich visit Old Trafford, but the club is looking to appoint a world class manager ahead of next season, with Louis Van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti seemingly among the favourites to replace Moyes.
Despite the managerial turmoil that has defined the last couple of days, United are still reportedly set for a spending spree this summer, after the club seems to have finally realised that plugging round holes with square pegs can only go so far when it comes to ensure the team remains competitive enough to challenge for trophies.
David Moyes’ successor hasn’t been chosen as yet, but United intend to, as one paper puts it today, “plough ahead with their transfer business”, in the hope to avoid the farcical mess that characterised United’s transfer window last summer, when the shaky foundations for a crumbling season were laid.
Much has been made of the urgent need for Manchester United to bring in new recruits this summer as they look to return to the top table of European football and make a swift return to challenging for the Premier League title.
Before Moyes’ sacking yesterday, he seemed likely to oversee a fairly major player exodus in an effort to free up funds and squad space for incoming players. But with the future a little less certain, no full-time manager in place and a man temporarily steering the ship who is not likely to have any say on summer transfers, United’s pursuit of transfer targets will surely be put on hold. But what about departures? With so much spoken about the players not being ‘good enough’, who should survive the cull and who should be shown the door?