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MANCHESTER, England — Ryan Giggs is starting his
stint as interim Manchester United manager by urging
his players to entertain the fans who have endured a
The 40-year-old midfielder was put in charge on
Tuesday when David Moyes’ reign ended after 10 months
with the defending champions in seventh place in the
English Premier League.
Speaking publicly for the first time since his temporary
appointment, Giggs provided an insight into what he
has told the squad about today’s match against Norwich
at Old Trafford.
“I trust you and I know what you’re capable of, and
go out there and show it on Saturday, and give the fans
something to shout about,” Giggs said yesterday. “Enter-
tain them, score goals, make tackles, play with speed,
play with tempo.”
Giggs is expected to manage the team for only the
remaining four matches of the season before a more
experienced successor to Moyes is appointed.
“It has been a difficult week for the club and it’s been
a bit of a whirlwind week for me but one I’ve enjoyed,”
Giggs said. “It has been different, chaotic, and I’ve been
getting a little taste as it’s my fourth day in the job.”
Giggs came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford
and was part of the famed “Class of 92” youth team
that helped contribute to so much of the club’s success
under Alex Ferguson, who retired last year after more
than 26 years in charge.
“I’ve had to take a bit of stick (from the players),”
Giggs said. “Things like, ‘Where are you going to park?
What do we call you?’
“The players have been great and the reaction in train-
ing has been sharp. I’ve just tried to make things relaxed
and for everyone to enjoy themselves ... let’s have a good
end to what has been a frustrating and disappointing
The club’s most decorated player, who has made 962
appearances, is still in the squad and could pick himself
to play against Norwich.
“I’ve just given myself a five-year contract,” Giggs
joked. “I haven’t done much this week but am still
involved as a player as well.”
Giggs is being assisted by former teammates Phil
Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes as he tries to stabilise
a team in turmoil.
“It’s the proudest moment of my life,” Giggs said.
“I’ve supported Manchester United all my life. It’s been
the biggest part of my life since I was 14, when I signed
schoolboy forms. I’m proud, happy, a little bit nervous
but just like I am as a player, I can’t wait for the game
Moyes can now prepare for the future after finally
agreeing on his severance package with United yester-
“Terms of settlement have been agreed between the
club and David Moyes in respect of the termination of
his employment,” the League Managers Association said
in a statement. “A settlement agreement is in the process
of being finalised.” (AP)
Giggs urges Man
to entertain fans
In this file photo Manchester United's Ryan Giggs,
right, with teammate Paul Scholes after scoring a
goal against Newcastle United during their English
Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford,
Manchester, England. AP PHOTO
MADRID — Real Madrid’s run in the
Champions League might be hurting its
chances in the Spanish league.
While Cristiano Ronaldo is healthy after
returning from a leg injury and will start
against Osasuna today, Madrid coach Carlo
Ancelotti said yesterday several players
could miss the match.
Striker Karim Benzema and defender
Pepe both have sore knees from Wednes-
day’s 1-0 Champions League win over
Bayern Munich, and forward Gareth Bale
“is still a little weak” from the flu.
“We’re going to try and recover our
energy and remain concentrated in the
fight for the league. Our objective is to
win every game, but it won’t be easy
because we used up a lot of our energy
against Bayern,” Ancelotti said. “We’ll try
to recover, but physically we are not 100
Madrid trails leader Atletico Madrid by
six points but has a game in hand.
The Spanish club plays the return leg
at Bayern on Tuesday, keen to advance
from the semifinals of Europe’s top com-
petition after failing for the past three
“I’m not thinking about that,” the Italian
said. “My mind is on Osasuna. We won’t
make many changes to our team for Tues-
Ancelotti said midfielder Sami Khedira
was in the final stages of his return from
a serious knee injury, and the Germany
international would likely play before the
end of the season.
“He’s doing very well. He’s ready to go,
I just can’t say when,” Ancelotti said. (AP)
Madrid’s league ambitions feeling European strain
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