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Giggs: I didn't sleep last night over hard selection decisions

Published 26/04/2014 | 20:01

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Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs takes his seat before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 26, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs takes his seat before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs says it was very difficult to tell some players they were out of the team for today's game against Norwich City.

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United enjoyed a 4-0 victory over the Canaries to mark the perfect start for Giggs in the managerial hotseat and while he admitted after the game he thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, the 40 year-old conceded it was difficult breaking the bad news to the likes of Juan Mata and Marounae Fellaini.

"I didn't sleep a wink last night over it," he told Sky Sports News.

"Naturally some were very disappointed and while I am the manager at the moment, I am still a fellow player."

Big money signing Fellaini was left out of the squad altogether while Mata scored twice after his introduction and the Spaniard was singled out for special praise from the Welshman.

"Juan showed what a good professional he is," he said.

"He could easily have sulked but he just got on with it."

Manchester United caretaker manager Ryan Giggs is pictured before the start of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES
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Ryan Giggs makes his way out at Old Trafford under the shadow of the Stretford End for his first game in charge of the club he has spent his entire playing career with. Photo: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Fans arrive for the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 26, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Supporters arrive at Old Trafford for Manchester United's Premier League game against Norwich City at Old Trafford. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
File photo dated 22/09/2013 of Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday April 26, 2014. Ryan Giggs has left Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata - David Moyes' major signings when in charge of Manchester United - out of his starting XI  for today's game against Norwich at Old Trafford. Mata was named on the bench. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini. Ryan Giggs has left Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata - David Moyes' major signings when in charge of Manchester United - out of his starting XI for today's game against Norwich at Old Trafford

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