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Football: Giggs aims to revive troubled United after Moyes exit

Friday, Apr 25, 2014

David Moyes (right) speaks to Manchester United's Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs during a training session.

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom - Ryan Giggs will bid to revive Manchester United's battered spirits as the Old Trafford icon takes charge against Norwich on Saturday following the abrupt end to David Moyes' disastrous reign.

Moyes' miserable 10-month spell at United reached a bitter conclusion with his sacking on Tuesday after 24 hours of speculation that the Scot was set for the axe in the wake of a 2-0 defeat at his former club Everton.

That loss was United's 11th Premier League reverse of a campaign which has seen the English champions suffer a shocking slump to seventh in the table.

For a club that was used to unmatched stability during Alex Ferguson's reign, which lasted more than a quarter of a century before he stepped down last summer, it has been a tumultuous and depressing few days at Old Trafford.

But with the departure of the unloved Moyes, many United fans, and possibly some of the players too, will be in better spirits when struggling Norwich arrive in Manchester this weekend.

There will definitely be a spring in the step of Welsh midfielder Giggs, who had reportedly grown frustrated at the way his role as player-coach had been marginalised by Moyes.

Giggs, 40, has stepped up to become interim manager until a permanent replacement can be found during the close-season, with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, who will be replaced by Guus Hiddink after the World Cup, the bookmakers' favourite to take eventually over at Old Trafford.

And while it has been made clear that Giggs is not in the running for the job, with four matches remaining this season he will hope to showcase his managerial credentials by restoring the feel-good factor at a club desperately in need of some positive news after such a turbulent period.

Moyes' assistant coach Phil Neville, a former United player, has stayed on to help his old friend Giggs, who is also being assisted by fellow 'Class of 92' youth products Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.

Butt, who was already working as United's reserve team coach, admits it is a "proud moment" for all four men to be involved in the management of the United first team.

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