Thursday 23 November 2017

Ryan Giggs expects 'announcement soon' over new manager

Ryan Giggs the Manchester United interim manager (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Ryan Giggs the Manchester United interim manager (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Simon Rice

Ryan Giggs expects an announcement on Manchester United's new manager soon, but remains tight-lipped about his own future.

The 40-year-old will take charge of his fourth game when Manchester United travel to Southampton on the final day of the season. But whether the game at St Mary's is his last as a United player, or coach, remains unclear.

Louis van Gaal, the overwhelming favourite to replace David Moyes on a permanent basis, is expected to be announced as the new manager next week. Many have pushed forward the claim of Giggs to take over on a full-time basis, but the Welshman was coy about the future when speaking to the press today.

"My stance is not any different to what it was last week," Giggs said. "Obviously there is huge speculation, but nothing has been announced yet and my job is to prepare the team for Southampton.

"I am sure there will be an announcement soon and maybe I can comment on it then, but at the moment it is just speculation and there is nothing I can say.

"Obviously it has been a difficult season for everyone and when the management situation gets sorted out then we can move on. Like I said, that will probably be in the next couple of weeks."

Giggs has won two games and lost one during his spell at the helm.

When asked whether he had enjoyed his time in charge, Giggs said: "I think it just depends what time of day you are asking that question!

"Sometimes you probably think I could do without it and other times it gives you so much pleasure.

"After the game last Saturday (when United lost to Sunderland) you probably think you could do without it, but you probably learn more from defeat and not doing so well just like when you are a player.

"I have enjoyed the whole experience and it has definitely helped me prepare for what will come after my playing career."

Giggs, who has no previous management experience, is understood to have never been considered a serious candidate to replace Moyes by the club.

The 40-year-old concedes he would be under a lot more pressure to deliver if he had been entrusted with the job on a full-time basis.

"There is not really a lot of pressure on me at the moment because it is just four games and we can't really win anything," Giggs said.

"We can only qualify for the Europa League and we will carry on trying to do that.

"You get a little taste of the pressure you are put under with regards to picking teams and wanting to do your best."

United will only scrape into the Europa League on goal difference if they beat Saints and Tottenham lose at home to Aston Villa.

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