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[25] Michael Keane on the impact of Ryan Giggs and now he’s Assistant Manager

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  • [25] Michael Keane on the impact of Ryan Giggs and now he’s Assistant Manager

    "When I was young I always had Rio Ferdinand on my back or t-shirts with Rio Ferdinand on. Obviously when he first joined United he was my idol then and he still is. Luckily I managed to train with him for a few years. He’s had a big influence on me. He spoke to everyone and always gives you advice. If you make a mistake in a game, he’ll ring you and say what you should do better. He’ll text you or next time he sees you, he’ll give you a bit of feedback and I now see him as a friend so I know I can go to him anytime I want advice. And Giggs is an idol for every player that comes really, you see how professional he is. His enthusiasm for training every day, no matter that he’s been here for 20-25 years at the top level, means he comes in every day wanting to give his best. He’s always doing extra, whether that be yoga or passing and finishing. He’s just someone you can always go to for advice as well. Over the last couple of years I think he’s, not kept a distance from the players, but maybe not been as involved as he was when he was younger because he could see himself going into that managerial role. And I think he adapted really well in those last few games of last season. He looked the part and all the players were playing for him, which is the main thing really - they all wanted him to do well and everyone wanted to do their best for him. It’s great to still have him around but obviously sad that he won’t be playing anymore. He gave an inspirational team talk at half-time against Hull. I was a bit taken back by how good it was. It was a really good talk so you can tell he’s got it in him to be a world class manager."
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