Tuesday 1 September 2015

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

Published 26/04/2014 | 20:01

Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs takes his seat before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
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.

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.

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
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
Supporters arrive at Old Trafford for Manchester United's Premier League game against Norwich City at Old Trafford. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Ryan Giggs scarves are sold outside Old Trafford ahead of the game. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Manchester United coaches Phil Neville (right), Paul Scholes (second right) and Nicky Butt (centre, back to camera) watch players warm up before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Paul Scholes on the pitch before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United's Phil Neville (right), Paul Scholes (centre) and Nicky Butt before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United's Phil Neville (left) and Paul Scholes watch players warm up before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Ryan Giggs signs autographs as he makes his way to the dug-out before the match. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs signs autographs before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United Coaches Nicky Butt (left) and Paul Scholes take their seats before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United fans display a banner in support of interim manager Ryan Giggs before the kick-off. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs (left) greets Norwich City manager Neil Adams on the touchline before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs takes his seat before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
A Manchester United fan holds up a banner celebrating the appointment of interim manager Ryan Giggs before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs takes his seat before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Wayne Rooney scores a first-half penalty to put Manchester United ahead against Norwich City after Danny Welbeck is brought down inside the box. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot to put Manchester United ahead. Photo: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
Wayne Rooney slips as he strikes the ball to net his second goal of the afternoon for Manchester United. Photo: by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his team's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his team's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Ryan Giggs shows he hasn't lost his touch with a ball even though he's moved into the manager's role at Manchester United. Photo: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs talks with Patrice Evra during the match against Norwich, during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Juan Mata scores his first goal of the day for Manchester United after coming off the bench. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia skips over a challenge from Norwich City defender Michael Turner. Photo: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
Juan Mata celebrates after heading in his second goal - his side's fourth - as a dominant Manchester United ease to victory over Norwich City at Old Trafford. Photo: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
Juan Mata celebrates with Wayne Rooney after scoring his second goal to put Manchester United 4-0 ahead. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Javier Hernandez misses a late opportunity to put Manchester United five goals up, sending his shot wide with only Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy to beat. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs (top left) watches on during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United's manager Ryan Giggs reacts after their English Premier League soccer match against Norwich City at Old Trafford in Manchester
Manchester United's Juan Mata. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. 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
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

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

Giggs revealed that he is not thinking long-term about taking the job on a permanent basis, but focusing instead on the next fixture against Sunderland.

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