Manchester - Ryan Giggs described his appointment as Manchester United's temporary
manager as probably the proudest moment of an illustrious career spent
at Old Trafford.
Giggs will take charge of United's remaining four
games of the season as the club begin their search for a permanent
successor to manager David Moyes, whose dismissal was confirmed on
The 40-year-old will lead the team for first time against
relegation-threatened Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday, adding
another chapter to his remarkable United story, which has seen him
become English football's most decorated player in almost 1 000
appearances for the club.
"It's a club I have supported all my
life and I've been associated with for 25 years and it's a proud moment
for me and one I will enjoy," said Giggs as he addressed his first media
conference in his managerial role.
"I've enjoyed the week and I'm
proud more than anything. It's probably the proudest moment of my
career and one I'm going to enjoy for the remaining two-and-a-half weeks
of the season and bring back some smiles on to the faces of the fans.
can't wait for Saturday to come and 5.30pm against Norwich. I know the
stadium will be bouncing. The players have been really good in training
this week and they are all excited as well.
"Everyone is looking
sharp and I just want them to enjoy themselves and give the fans
something to smile about in the remaining four games. It's been a
frustrating season and I want to end it on a high."
previously operating in a player-coach role and although it's not
thought he was given much of a brief under Moyes, Giggs expressed his
gratitude to the former Everton manager for elevating him to the
"I'd like to thank
David for giving me my first chance in coaching," he added. "It was
something I'll always remember when he rang me in the summer and asked
me to come on board."
Under Moyes, United suffered a dismal
season, going from champions in Alex Ferguson's final season in charge
to near also-rans in seventh place in the Premier League table.
even though Giggs, 13 times a Premier League winner and twice a
Champions League winner with United, has been told he won't be
considered for the permanent position as the club's next manager, he is
determined to restore some of United's lost lustre in the closing weeks
of the campaign.
"It's been a frustrating season for everyone. We
win together and lose together and in these remaining four games, I want
to bring the positivity back," said Giggs, who still considers himself a
player and joked that he had used his temporary position of power to
award himself a new five-year contract.
"We have three home games
at Old Trafford, where the home form hasn't been great, and 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
"It's going to be my philosophy and obviously the
Manchester United philosophy as I've been here for all my career. I want
players to play with passion, speed, tempo and be brave with
imagination, all the things that are expected of a Manchester United
player: to work hard but, most of all, enjoy it.
"As a player I
know if I'm enjoying the game I can express myself a lot more and that's
what I'll be doing with the team tomorrow."