In his first team talk as interim manager, Ryan Giggs told his squad “we will go back to playing like Manchester United”, a message that will excite all United fans following the dour, uninspiring football seen this season.
Writing for the Telegraph, Mark Ogden revealed the nature of the Welshman’s rallying call as he urged the players to restore the club’s pride after such a disastrous campaign under David Moyes. Giggs has challenged United’s players to return to winning ways in the final four games, starting with the visit of Norwich to Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Such is his determination to restore United’s glorious traditions, former midfielder and member of the fabled ‘Class of 92’ Paul Scholes has been invited back to assist with first-team training, having been overlooked for a coaching position by Moyes.
With Giggs in charge until the end of the season, the Glazer family are now on the hunt for Moyes’ successor, although United’s most decorated player has been told by Ed Woodward that he will not be considered for the manager’s job on a permanent basis. Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone are the favoured candidates to take on the position, with the Dutchman as the bookies’ favourite following his decision to leave his post as Holland manager after the World Cup finals in the summer.
As well as looking to appoint a permanent manager, the Glazers are also set to discuss United’s transfer budget for the summer window, with a rumoured £150million set aside for several big money moves. Southampton’s Luke Shaw and Paris St-Germain’s Edinson Cavani are just two names being linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, and talk about a move for Cesc Fabregas will not go away despite Barcelona rejecting several advances from United last summer.
United are looking to bolster their playing squad as early as they can this summer, and are keen to avoid the mistakes of last summer which resulted in several failed transfer attempts and a frantic deadline day deal for Marouane Fellaini. They are understood to have held talks with Cavani’s advisors about a pre-World Cup move, and haven’t been put off by PSG’s valuation of the player at around £60m.
The attempts to move quickly in the transfer market this summer will continue regardless of whether the new manager has been appointed, with candidates being made aware of the club’s targets and being offered the chance to have final say on them should they secure the job.
For now though at least, talk of new players and a new manager should be put on hold as Giggs looks to restore some pride and finish the season on a high. He may not be offered the position on a full-time basis this summer, but with many tipping Giggs for a successful career in management, this looks set to be the perfect dress rehearsal. So far at least, he’s said all the right things. With Scholes, Butt and Neville behind him, a return to the Manchester United way looks on the cards, and after the season they’ve just had to endure, it couldn’t come any sooner for Manchester United fans.
By Adem Berkay
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