Much has been said since the turn of the year in regards to who Manchester United are going to target this summer transfer window. Everyone seems to have an opinion on who United require but perhaps the more pertinent question should be: who can they acquire?
I don’t buy into the theory that the club won’t be able to attract their targets simply because we can’t offer European football for a year. In this modern day game, money very much talks, so should you offer enough, they will come. The main stumbling block is more likely to be whether these players can see United rising again.
Ryan Giggs expects Manchester United to bounce back immediately and return to fight for the title next season, after a dismal campaign has seen them finish outside the top four for the first time in Premier League history and which will likely lead to a first season without European football for the first time since the 1981-82 season.
Giggs was named interim manager in the wake of David Moyes’ sacking and got his managerial career off to a winning start, as United demolished Norwich 4-0 on Saturday, playing with a verve and tempo they had almost never shown this season.
When we think of club legend Roy Keane, there are 3 things that immediately come to mind. A leader, a fighter and a tough tackler. The man, in the middle of the park was immense and became one of the most influential players on the pitch, so can 19 year old youth starlet, Ben Pearson follow in his footsteps at Manchester United.
He along side Paul Scholes, formed one of the best midfield partnerships the Premiership has ever seen. Scholes was the man who ran the show using his feet from the midfield. His spectacular passing, grace and composure on the ball is unrivaled by any player to wear a Red Shirt in recent memory.
Well this is all a bit odd isn’t it? I ‘d almost forgotten what it’s like to wake up on a Sunday morning, still delighted with the events of United’s match the previous day.
What a difference a week makes.
There is a part of me that thinks that perhaps it would be wrong to get too carried away. Let’s not forget that the Moyes era began with a classy 1-4 win at Swansea, but there was something different yesterday. You could sense the nerves through the players early on as the habit of useless possession continued to plague the side. But, once Rooney buried his penalty, there was almost a swagger to it all.
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.