Ryan Giggs cannot wait for kick-off
Ryan Giggs has confessed that Manchester United's clash with Norwich City simply cannot come soon enough for him today (Saturday).
The Reds legend is clearly bursting with pride as he anticipates managing the team for the first time after being announced as an interim replacement for David Moyes. Understandably, the 40-year-old is fully focused on the job in hand and is refusing to look further ahead, but he's excited by the prospect of leading out the club he loves at Old Trafford.
"There will be no prouder person than me when we walk out," he stated. "The hairs on the back of my neck will be standing up. I know it will be rocking. I know the fans will be behind us. I know the players can’t wait and my staff can’t wait. I can’t wait. I just want the match to come.
"I’ve got a chance to show what I can do and what I am capable of as a manager in a short space of time. That’s my focus. After that is another conversation. We’ll see where it takes us. That is my main aim – not five years down the line."
Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville have been assisting Giggs in his new role this week and their input has been greatly appreciated by the Welshman.
"They're the same as me," he added. "They’re Manchester United fans and they’ve played for the club for a long, long time, the majority of their careers. Myself and Scholesy have been at just the one club. It’s been frustrating for all of us this season as no-one wants to see Manchester United not do well.
"I must say I’ve had great help from them. It’s a tough job and you need as much help as you can get. I’ve had that this week from them and Phil’s been frustrated, just like I have. Obviously, he’s been on board this season but he’s been brilliant this week. He took training and I can’t speak highly enough of Phil because he’s organised everything and taken the weight off my shoulders."
Giggs spelt out the demands he will place on the players, starting in the tea-time fixture against the relegation-threatened Canaries.
"This club is all about winning trophies and we’ve not managed to do that this season," he admitted. "But we’ve had seasons like that in the past and always come back. That’s the thing about this club. We always come back and we will.
"As a Manchester United player, you’ve got to set standards. Obviously, we have dropped below those standards this season, so I want to bring them back to where a Manchester United player should be.
"Not just in one game but every game and every time you pull on the red shirt. You’ve got to give everything you’ve got or you’re coming off. Simple as that."