In an interview with the Daily Telegraph today, Ryan Giggs has told of his optimism for the future of Manchester United under incoming manager David Moyes, and of his sadness that the Sir Alex Ferguson era is finally coming to an end tomorrow.
Giggs will experience something that not many players, if any at all, get to have. For at the age of 39, the Welshman will only be playing under his second ever manager when Moyes takes up the post at the beginning of July.
Many would be forgiven for thinking that taking over the current Premier League champions from one of football’s greatest ever managers would be a daunting prospect for the outgoing Everton manager, but Giggs wasn’t so sure. “Maybe it is, but we have a really good bunch of lads in the dressing room and, whenever the manager needs help, the more experienced players will help. That has been the norm, ever since I have been in the club,” he said.
Despite the retirement of Ferguson and Paul Scholes, Moyes will still have a team that can boast the likes of Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick. While this will certainly be beneficial for Moyes in the initial period, Giggs wasn’t prepared to predict how things will go in the long term.
“Managers usually go into clubs when things aren’t going great, but this team isn’t on a downward spiral, so I don’t know if that makes it harder or easier for David,” said Giggs.
One of the criticisms thrown at Moyes since news of his appointment broke is that he never won any trophies for Everton during his 11 year run at Goodison. Giggs was keen to stress that the Scot would have no trouble from any of the United players when he takes charge. “Some of our former players have gone to Everton and been really successful, like Tim Howard and Phil Neville, and what they have said is that he works you hard and expects you to work hard and perform,” he said.
He added, “He sets really high standards, but that is nothing different to what we are used to.”
As it looks, Moyes will have everything to ensure him the best of starts at Old Trafford but what about next season? Mainly, will Giggs still be there to be called upon when the team needs him most as they have on so many occasions before? “I’m going to be playing,” Giggs said, assuring United fans who may be reading. “But if I do decide to finish next season, I want to be in the best position I can to go into a coaching role,” he added.
This will be great news for Moyes, as the experience Giggs has accumulated during his career will be invaluable for the team moving forward under his leadership, and perhaps even helpful for him should the team get into difficulties. As for Giggs, we still have one more year to look forward to.
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