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Managers Press Conference – Norwich City

Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs sat down with the press inside the AON Training Complex in Carrington on Friday morning ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash with relegation threatened Norwich City, which kicks off at 17:30 on Saturday at Old Trafford. It has been an eventful week for United with former manager David Moyes being shown the exit door after a 2-0 defeat to his former club last Sunday. It was the final straw for many, and everyone else had just lost patience. Giggs was announced as the interim manager on Tuesday, after Moyes’ sacking was confirmed, although rumours were rife on Monday, with the media breaking the news of the potential sacking.

With Giggs coming in as interim manager, he has already said that he will have the team playing the Manchester United way, which has boosted everyone’s confidence, and that we might actually win some or all of our last four matches this season. Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes have joined Giggs’ coaching staff, and Phil Neville and Chris Woods will also remain until the end of the season. Personally I cannot wait to see Giggs standing in the technical area directing his players, rather than Moyes sat in the dug out looking dejected. It was confirmed before the presser that Rafael da Silva and Robin van Persie are the only players that will not feature against Norwich City, due to injury.

Here are the main points from the press conference:

Giggs starts the press conference by thanking David Moyes:

“I just want to go on record to thank David for giving me my first chance in coaching. It’s something I’ll always remember.

“When he rang me in the summer and asked me to come on board at Manchester United, obviously I was still playing, but he gave me the opportunity to take my first coaching role.”

Giggs on how he wants to repay the fans, and he will. United will be playing the United way:

“I want to bring back some smiles on the faces of the fans.”

Giggs on his first match as United manager:

“I’m just looking forward to the game, just like a player really. I can’t wait for Saturday to come.

“I know the stadium will be bouncing, the players have looked really good in training this week and they’re all excited as well.

“I’ve just said to the players to go out there and enjoy yourself and give the fans something to smile about in these four games, because it’s been a frustrating season.”

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Giggs on being proud at having this chance to manage the club he has supported:

“I’ve enjoyed the week. It’s probably the proudest moment of my career and one that I’m going to enjoy for the last two-and-a-half weeks of the season.

“I’d like to say how proud I am to be manager for the remaining four games of the season.”

Giggs on the Norwich City match:

“It will be a tough game with them fighting for their lives”

Giggs on what he wants to see from his players for the remainder of the season, starting against Norwich City:

“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. I want players to play with passion, speed, tempo and be brave with imagination. I’ll tell the players just to try to enjoy yourself, express yourself.”

Giggs jokes about using his authority to secure a new contract:

“I’ve given myself a five-year contract!”

Giggs looked confident in his first press conference as United’s interim manager. He had that glint in his eye and looked ready to show what he can do for the remaining four matches of the season, three of which will be played at Old Trafford. Saturday’s evening kick off will mark another new era for Manchester United, but the coming season will be different again. It is clear to see that the excitement has back with United’s supporters, this last week has lifted the shroud from the club and I am sure the negative, defensive football will be eradicated with United playing the United way. Attack is the best form of defence. Enough said.

By Paul Bienkowski

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