Former Manchester United superstar Ryan Giggs claims it was “easy” to take up the reins at the club after the departure of David Moyes.
Giggs, now in charge of the Wales National side, succeeded Moyes as United boss in April of 2014 after the Scot was relieved of his managerial duties as a result of a poor nine months at the helm.
The club would promote Giggs as a player-coach, with four games left until the end of the season, and he would secure seven points from a possible 12 during his short stint as coach. The Welshman had already begun the process of obtaining his coaching badges when he was appointed as manager but stepped down to work under Louis van Gaal before taking up the job as the Wales boss last year.
He says taking over from Moyes wasn’t difficult at all, given that there were only four games left and he had competent people working alongside him.
“It was pretty easy because there was no alternative, for a start,” he joked, via The Coaches’ Voice. “But it was easy because it was only four games. I had good people around me joining the coaching staff; (Paul) Scholesy, Nicky (Butt), Phil (Neville), who had been a coach that season. The difficult part was I was still a player and I’m not picking some of my mates who I’ve shared a dressing room with for a long time. So that was the difficult part, and also I knew that it was going to be my last year as well so I wanted to enjoy it as a player which I probably never got to. But I got the chance to manage Manchester United.”
United brought former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in to replace Van Gaal and it was expected that the Portuguese tactician would be the one who took the team back to the heights they’d fallen from in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure,but that didn’t work out either.
Hiring Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer looked to be the right move when he came in and oversaw a run of very positive results, however, United have since struggled under their former player and are currently seventh in the league standings, below fifth-placed Sheffield United.
As it happens, the Red Devils will play the Blades when Premier League action resumes following the current international break and punters could claim free bets and welcome offers if they’re looking to place bets on top-flight football this coming weekend. United are 11/10 favourites to win the match with Bet365 and will leapfrog their opponents on the table if they manage a victory.
William Hill’s offering odds of 11/5 on a draw and you could get 12/5 on a Sheffield win with Ladbrokes. Marcus Rashford, who has been in fine form for England, is the favourite as it relates to anytime goalscorers and you could grab 11/5 odds on him finding the back of the net at any point during the match at Betfair. Bet365 has 21/10 odds going on Anthony Martial while Mason Greenwood is 9/4 with Betvictor.