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  • [30] Full transcript with Ryan Giggs first interview with MUTV as manager of Manchester United typed up for Red News readers




    Q. Well Ryan, first of all it must have been a whirlwind week for you?


    RG: “Yeah, that’s exactly how it’s been, from obviously Tuesday morning, Ed asking me to look after the team for four games which I had no hesitation in saying yes too and from then on really jusy a crazy week.”


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    Q> What would it mean to you to be the manager, albeit on an interim basis, the manager of Manchester United?


    RG: “Well I’ve got to say it’s the proudest moment of my life, I’ve supported Manchester United all my life, it’s been the biggest part of my life since I was 13, 14 since I signed schoolboy forms and ever since then it’s been the biggest part of my life so yeah, I’m proud, I’m happy , little bit nervous and really just like playing, can’t wait for the game Saturday.”


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    Q. Is it going to be, you know proud moment for you, you’ve worn the shirt so many times of course, you’ve sat on the bench as coach, but to actually walk up that line as the manager for a 1st team Premier League game at OT, is that going to be a proud moment for you?


    RG: “Yeah, like I just said to be honest with you I can’t wait, I can’t wait. for 5.30 Saturday, walking out, I know the place will be rocking, I know the fans will get behind us and it’s a moment that all week I’ve been looking forward to and yeah, the team have looked great all week, they’ve looked sharp and yeah, like I say I can’t wait for 5.30 and the game starting. Just like as if I was a player, you know you prepare yourself as best you can, waiting for that moment.”


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    Q. And was one of your first calls to Paul Scholes and to Nicky Butt, Phil Neville, everyone knows the story of you all, to see you all there involved, is it a special thing?


    RG: “Yeah, well of course Phil was already involved, so was Woodsy, they stayed on, Nicky was with the reserves so I asked him to come and help us with the 1st team which he was more than happy to do and the phonecall was to Scholsey because I know how much the club means to these people, they feel about the club the same way as I do and I know in this short space of time they will give it everything to make it a success and hopefully end what has been a frustrating season on a high.”




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    Q. And in terms of, have you just been told it’s 4 games, and then what happens at the end of the season, I suppose it’s a case of you don’t really know, just to see out the season?


    RG: “No, my mindset is on first Norwich and then the remaining three games after that really, after that, who knows what happens?”


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    Q. And how have the players responded to you, are they calling you Gaffer?


    RG: “Laughs! I’ve had to take a bit of stick yeah, ‘where you gonna park?’. I had a Gaffer sign on my place in the changing room, ‘what do we call you?’ But no, they’ve been great, I think the reaction in training has been good it’s been sharp, and that’s what I’ve tried to do, just try and make it relaxed and enjoy yourself and like I say let’s have a good end to what has been a frustrating and disappointing season.”


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    Q. What has been your main message to the lads though for these final four games?


    RG: “That I trust you. That I know what you’re capable of, go out there and show it on Saturday, and give the fans something to shout about, entertain them, score goals, make tackles, play with speed, play with tempo, and that’s what they’ve done in training so they will take that out into the game on Saturday.”


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    Q. On that point, quite often callers to MUTV say ‘we’d like to see United play what they call the United way, exciting, swashbuckling, wingers’, is that your philosophy?


    RG: “It’s my philosophy, and it’s what I’ve grown up with, it’s Man United’s philosophy so yeah I’ll take that into the game on Saturday, we’ve got the players to do it, we’ve got great players in that dressing room who are winners, and are used to winning and they’ve got that winning mentality, so yeah, they will show that Saturday, and like I’ve tried to do, enjoy it. I’ll try and enjoy it as much as I can. I don’t know if I will as much as I’m playing because I’ll be obviously a little bit nervous but no, go out and enjoy it.”


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    Q. Do the players though share some responsibility though for a season that by our standards hasn’t gone well, hasn’t gone to plan?


    RG: “I think everyone shares responsibility. You win together and you lose together, it’s as simple as that, and everyone involved this season, haven’t been to the standards of Manchester United and yeah, in this short space of time, we’ll do something about that”


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    Q> Have you spoken to Sir Alex at all, has he given you any advice in this very short time?


    RG: “Yeah, I mean yeah, obviously I played under Sir ALex for so long and yeah, he was the first person to call because I wanted advice and I wanted just what to expect and who better to ring, why wouldn’t I?”


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    Q> What has almost got lost in the whole thing, is there is a game against Norwich City, who the game itself, they obviously come here in serious trouble, don’t they, does that make them dangerous?


    RG “Yeah it does because they are fighting for something. Around this time of the season, there is always someone fighting for something, whether it’s to be getting into Europe, whether it’s to be getting into the CL, whether it’s to be staying up, and it’s dangerous because they are fighting for their lives and we won’t underestimate them Norwich definitely because of the situation they are in, they are a good team, they ended the game last week against Liverpool really well so, but we’re Man United, we’re at home and I expect to win and I expect to play well.”


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    Q. You mention being at home, you’ve been excellent away from home, but at home it’s been a bit of a problem this year for whatever reason, how important is it in these final three home games that the fans at least leave on a bit of a high?


    RG: “Yeah, I want the fans to enjoy the end of the season and like you say, three home games is a great chance for the players, it’s obviously a great place to play football and that’s what I want to bring to these three games, for the home fans to have something to shout about.”


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    Q. Neil Adams is in a similar situation to you. Both interim managers, you maybe sympathise with his situation as well?


    RG: “Yeah obviously, coming into the management position at such a late stage is obviously difficult for him but he had great success with the youth team with the younger teams and the two games that he’s been in charge he’s been slightly unlucky with both the results and not getting the three points and not getting a draw out of both of them so like I say we won’t be underestimating Norwich.”


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    Q. Do you think it’s important that Manchester United do qualify for Europe? Obviously we all wanted to be in the CL, but is it important that this club plays European football?


    RG: “Well I want to win four games, I mean we’re relying on other teams I think dropping points but yeah, I think it’s important that you have European football at Old Trafford and you want European nights at Old Trafford. Simple as that.”


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    Q. Is there any team news, last week Rafa wasn’t available, I think Evra and Vidic were out, was there any developments with those guys ahead of the weekened?


    RG “There’s only Rafa and Robin really, everyone else is fit.”


    Q. And as for yourself finally, this is the only season in the PL you haven’t scored in, in these last 4 games, if you get a penalty, bring yourself on?


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    RG “Bring myself on yeah! Laughs. Wayne, sorry, no I mean that’s, couple of people mentioned that, it’s so far down the list of priorities at the moment it’s untrue but it would be nice, I’ve said that all season but if it doesn’t happen it’s not the end of the world.’


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    Q. And finally have you felt the sort of positivity from the United fans? Have you seen everybody around the last few days, everyone seems to have been lifted and wishes you the best?


    RG: “Yeah. I’ve had great support off the fans and the staff and the players so yeah, I’ve had so many well wishers and hoping that in these four games we do well and I’ve been grateful for that, it’s been great.”


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