Live Coverage: Ryan Giggs speaks to media as Manchester United boss - as it happened

Live Coverage: Giggs Man Utd press conference - as it happened
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Sports Mole's live updates of Ryan Giggs's first press conference as Manchester United interim manager.

Ryan Giggs will take charge of the Manchester United first team until the end of the season following the club's decision to sack David Moyes.

The veteran will oversee the final four games of the Premier League campaign, alongside ex-players Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, who have returned as coaches.

The Welshman addressed the media for the first time in a press conference on Friday, insisting that he wants to bring positivity back to the club following a dismal campaign of 15 defeats in all competitions.

Read how Giggs's press conference unfolded below:


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9.57amGood morning all! Ryan Giggs is due to speak to the media at 10am in his first press conference since being appointed Manchester United interim manager.

9.58amThe Welshman was handed the role after the club opted to sack David Moyes on Tuesday less than 10 months after he was chosen as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor.

9.59amFifteen defeats in all competitions and the failure to qualify for next season's Champions League spelled the end for Moyes, but can Giggs lift the team for the final four games of the campaign? We will here from him shortly.

10.01am"I would like to go on record to thank David Moyes for giving my first chance in coaching. It is something I will always remember. He gave me the opportunity for my first coaching role. Secondly, I would like to say how proud I am of managing the club I have supported all my life. It is a proud moment for me and one I will enjoy."

10.02am"I have enjoyed the week. I am proud more than anything, probably the proudest moment of my career. One I am going to enjoy and bring back some smiles on the faces of the fans and look forward to the game. Just like as a player. I cant wait for Saturday to come. I know the stadium will be bouncing."

10.02am"It has been a difficult week for the club - it was a shock to me on Tuesday when I spoke to Ed. He informed me that David was leaving and he wanted me to take over. It's been a whirlwind week for me."

10.03am"I am just concentrating on the four games remaining, that is my main focus. After that I have not really thought about it. I have come into the job and my immediate aim is to win Saturday. Best way to do that is make training as enjoyable as they can."

10.03amLaughter rings around the press room as Giggs jokes: "I've just given myself a five-year contract! I'm using my power while I can."

10.04am"It has been a frustrating season for everyone. You win together, you lose together. These four matches I want to bring some positivity back, bring smiles to the faces. I want to see goals and tackles, I want to get the crowd up and want to see the passion."

10.04amThe Welshman's been speaking about what he expects from the team: "I want to see goals, I want see tackles, I want to see players taking players on. I want passion."

10.07am"It's going to be my philosophy - Man United's philosophy. I want the players to play with passion, speed, tempo, imagination - all the things I expect of a Man United player, but most of all, enjoy it."

10.08amGiggs has also revealed at the press conference that all players a fit to face Norwich apart from Robin van Persie and Rafael da Silva. He said: "The players have looked great all week, they've looked sharp."

10.09am"It is different, chaotic. You can never imagine what you have to do and the things that are entailed with becoming Manchester United manager."

10.09amGiggs, who is being assisted by former United players Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, has also claimed that he will still be involved as a player.

10.13amThat's a wrap on Ryan Giggs's first press conference as temporary United boss. The Welshman seemed in a relaxed mood and expressed his delight to take on the role, while also giving his gratitude to outgoing David Moyes.

10.14amSo United fans, are you happy with Giggs's attitude? The veteran made a point of aiming to put smiles back on the faces of supporters following a dismal campaign. That effort begins on Saturday against Norwich. Thank you for joining us, and until next time, goodbye.

Ryan Giggs during a photoshoot for the documentary 'The Class of '92'
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