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Giggs: It’s a privilege to coach this team

David Moyes has today confirmed that Ryan Giggs, who has been taking his coaching qualifications this summer, has become a player/coach at the club.

“It’s a great privilege to be appointed a player/coach,” said Giggs. “I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long. It’s no secret that I have been taking my qualifications and I see this as the first step in my future career. I’m really looking forward to working alongside David and the team.”

Giggs has been taking his coaching badges and is due to attain the UEFA Pro Licence next summer. He signed a one-year extension to his playing contract in March and will combine his new duties with being a member of the first-team squad.

“I’m delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become player/coach,” said Moyes. “His success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivalled perspective on the modern game. His career is an example to any aspiring young player and I’m sure that both he and the players will benefit from his new role.”

With the fans disappointed to see the likes of Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele leave the coaching staff, the appointment of Ryan Giggs will certainly cheer people up.

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170 Comments

  1. NBI Red Moyesy says:

    New start. Papers say SAF will keep away from games, maybe watch the from a box so cameras can’t see his reaction e.g. if opposition score, that way he does not undermine. Moyes, makes sense, but it is also a shame we may not see him with Sir Bobby sat in the directors box.

  2. NBI Red Moyesy says:

    No Strootman it seems as PSV wont sell this year having already lost 3 players. If so why not also bid for de rossi – he is 29, he would be a great addition.

  3. denton davey says:

    http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/412486/Jose-Mourinho-prepared-to-up-offer-to-bring-Daniele-De-Rossi-to-Chelsea

    I don’t like this one little bit !

    Even though De Rossi is a year older than RVP, I believe his impact would be similar to van Persie’s importance in winning # 20.

    Daniele De Rossi is a warrior and a 2006 World Cup winner. He’s probably the best box-to-box midfielder playing today and, if he can stay injury free (and, who knows about that ?), then he’s probably got two or three more years at the top. Plus, he’s proven himself to be highly versatile, playing in the “3″ when Prandelli went with five in midfield in last year’s Euro Championships.

    IF – and it’s a rather big “IF” – UTD want to repeat and go for # 21 then this guy would be the very best signing that could be added to UTD’s squad.

  4. jtan says:

    This is an extremely interesting move by Moyes to promote Giggs to a player/coach role. As we’ve seen with P Neville and a few other players, Moyes is definitely not afraid of utilizing the experience within his squad to full advantage, and this points to Giggs still being able to play a role within our first team squad. At the same time though, Moyes must also be thinking about the continuation of the staff and I think by promoting Giggs to a coaching role, Moyes hopes to keep the changes to a relative minimum and allow the players to be more relaxed in a slightly newer environment. This also helps Giggsy transition over to the coaching role he said many times that he would like to take up, and so I think this could be a very good move all around.

  5. Gerriered says:

    @CC agreed we should play better but not at the expense of losing games. do you fancy utd being arsenal or wigan….dont joke mate..we aee in the league to win not to add up numbers.
    also all those people who talk as if thiago is coming to do an rvp all over again please slow down, the boy is young and from spain..ddg, mata, silva even yaya took time.
    am happy for giggsy n nev…they are all studying for their badges and remember avb is younger than both and is a manager who won a treble with porto and took 4points off us last ssn

  6. Bobby Charlton's Combover says:

    Spanish news confirmed last night that Thiago has been removed from Barças promotional images etc for next season. He’s going somewhere.

  7. Bobby Charlton's Combover says:

    Giggsy will be coaching until he’s 90.

  8. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Bobby – that’s interesting, seems like barca really have lost the plot….rd

  9. bayoRed says:

    Extract from Falkirk Herald, didn’t want to post the link here coz the author seems to be anti-United and wrote a lot of nonsense in the first few paragraphs

    “For the first time in more than a quarter of a century, there’s a new man in the Old Trafford hotseat.

    Fergie’s announcement that he was retiring – and thereby proving that he is mortal after all – was well-timed and brilliantly executed. It allowed him to receive a proper send-off, but not distract his players from the business of winning football matches.

    At the time, United fans even seemed reasonably happy that his replacement would be David Moyes.

    But now that the new season is fast approaching they have to deal with a strange, unfamiliar feeling that quacks call New Manager Syndrome (NMS).

    It’s symptoms are well-known to fans of every club, except United. It involves sudden waves of paranoia that perhaps the new man in charge – who seemed like the obvious appointment just a few weeks ago – is actually out of his depth/doesn’t know what he’s doing/tactically naive/a space invader from another planet – delete as appropriate.

    NBS can be aggravated greatly if the new coach subsequently leads your team to three or more consecutive losses when the campaign begins.

    The only cure is a consistent run of results. Otherwise, NMS can be fatal – to the career of football managers, that is.

    David Moyes, I’m sure, is up to the task. But are United fans strong enough to wait to find out?”

  10. lordrt says:

    Looks like most top teams are building up their squad already, like Arsenal getting Higuain, while United have only got Varela so far and other targets are mostly rumours from the media. Looks like we’ll have to stick with our current squad (except may be Rooney gone in the end)

  11. Phil Jones' Birdshit Streaks says:

    We HAVE to strengthen. I can’t see how we can expect to win anything when every other team in the top 6 will be a lot better than they were last year. Are we holding out for this Ronaldo deal to come through or something?! Either way, let’s get some business done, United!

  12. 16Legend says:

    Any links to the presser later today…

  13. Wee Toms Ligaments says:

    Not a bad squad to stick with actually.

    10 points clear at the top. Walking the last of the second half.

    I hope Giggs promotion means a smooth transition out of the first team – similar to Scholes last season. A new LM will be needed if Young stays crocked and Nani is moved on.

  14. Dan-young says:

    oh my god were still on the bullshit of ‘why havnt we strengthened yet!’ theres many days left of the transfer window and its only been open for 5 fucking days! even if we don t strengthen our wngers surely cant have as bad of a season as last year so we’ll maybe improve on last season, throwing zaha into the mix aswell. but the obvious thing is that we are going to fucking strengthen, be patient! your all the morons that will get on moyes’ back if he loses his first game! LISTEN TO ALEX FERGUSON, HE DIDNT EXACTLY DO US ANY WRONG WHEN HE WAS MANAGER… GET BEHIND THE NEW MANAGER!

  15. King Eric says:

    I actually find De Rossi very over rated these days. His impact would be fuck all like RVP’s. He couldn’t live with Kagawa two weeks back. Yes just what Chelsea need another midfielder. That will only be the SEVENTEENTH!!

    CC. Massive Attack. Great band. Unfinished Sympathy. Tune!

  16. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Morning lads. Big day?

    16Legend. You can watch it on Sky according to this story.

    Sky Sports News Will broadcast David Moyes first press conferance from 4pm

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11667/8808592

  17. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Also live on MUTV ofcourse, but figured you were asking for other feeds.

  18. AlphaRS says:

    @NBI
    I’m hoping it’s that too. Just getting excited now to see what Moyes has to say at the press conference and the possibility of Alcantara at United. If he does come to United I’m not saying he will be an instant success but it’s a step in the right direction for United.

  19. 16Legend says:

    yup fletch, thanks… any other feeds?

  20. In David We Trust says:

    Dan-young – allot are moaning, and guys like Costas have also pointed out, Moyes just starting July 1st, and we have this farce of a pre-season coming up, by the time they all come back it is close to august, we saw the consequences from a few clubs, if the manager is not in person to do the deals, the player can be put off going to that club. And who ever joins, if they do not make the tour, their pre season is going to be lacking. For me, our transfer business has been nothing short of a mess, bidding for baines who is over priced, and the position where it ‘s not a position that is the weakest, but one of the strongest, the club is in this fight with barca for thiago, who changes his mind more times than Andy from little Britain, and now we have learnt the club has not even came with a concrete offer, makes the whole situation a huge joke

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