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Ryan Giggs appointed interim boss of Manchester United

Apr 22, 2014, 5:47 AM EDT

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In their time of need Manchester United have turned to their most decorated player.

Ryan Giggs is now the manager of Man United on a temporary basis.

Giggs, 40, is still part of the Red Devils’ playing squad as the man who has won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions League winner’s medals at Old Trafford will now lead the club as manager for the rest of the season. United’s remaining games are against Norwich City, Sunderland, Hull City and Southampton.

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The Welshman who has played 962 times for United, scoring 168 goals as a winger, will now help to soften the blow of Moyes’ shock departure. Giggs is currently getting his UEFA Pro license as a coach and has been Moyes’ assistant while still appearing 21 times as a player in the 2013-14 season.

United released the following statement on their website, as Giggs take charge on an interim basis.

“Following the departure of David Moyes as manager, Manchester United has announced that Ryan Giggs, the club’s most decorated player, will assume responsibility for the first team until a permanent appointment can be made. The club will make no further comment on this process until it is concluded.”

Many fans and pundit would love to see Giggs given the job on a permanent basis, as the man who made his first team debut in 1990 as a 17-year-old has been the only constant throughout all of the Red Devils’ success in the last 25 years.

Giggs is respected by the players and his pedigree as a professional speaks for itself. He holds the record for PL appearances, 631, and has scored at least one goal in every single PL campaign.

Can the man who was meant to assist Moyes now take over on a full time basis?

United could probably do a lot worse, but with the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Diego Simeone and Louis van Gaal rumored to be at the top of United’s shortlist, it seems likely that a more experienced coach with renowned success in Europe will come in and take charge to try and revive the Red Devils. That said, the ship is in safe hands with Giggs in charge for the remainder of this campaign.

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  1. Mark Whelan Writes - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Reblogged this on MANCHESTER UNITED SUPPORTER'S BLOGS and commented:
    This is Manchester United’s future BOSS. I expect that whoever takes on the post as new permanent manager will hold the poisoned chalice for one or two troublesome seasons in which time the Glazer brothers would have squandered a few more millions. After that, the legend may resume.

    Alex Ferguson, although a unique individual in his own way, proved that longevity is the key to success for any top-flight European team. Short-term contracts do not do justice to the prestige of the particular club.

    Although it was a much shorter reign, Barcelona’s Pep Giardola was able to preside over a few good and successful seasons which saw the Catalans emerge as the greatest team on the planet. Although not as successful as Ferguson, Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger has brought a bit of silver wear to the Gunners in spite of trying, financial challenges. And Bayern Munich’s former great coach Ottmar Hitzfeld should be credited for where the German champions find themselves today.

    A long tenure for Mourinho may see Chelsea emerge as the next great English team. Giggs is 40 today, Ferguson was around 42 when he took charge. Both command the respect (and fear of the players, however, ill-disciplined they are at present.

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