Ryan Giggs Delivers Manchester United Rallying Cry as Sam Allardyce Slams Club

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2014

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 24:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United steps off the team coach prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Ryan Giggs has urged his Manchester United players to "return to their old attacking ways" after the sacking of David Moyes.

Giggs, installed as interim manager while the club searches for a permanent boss, will call upon his experience of playing under Sir Alex Ferguson to progress through United's four remaining Premier League games, per Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail:

Ryan Giggs addressed his Manchester United players on Wednesday and delivered the message that he wants them to return to their old attacking ways in the post David Moyes era. 

Giggs has told the squad he wants them to start playing like Manchester United again, and to start pressing teams and dictating games like they did under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ian Herbert of The Independent also suggests Giggs will deal with the media in a Ferguson-like manner:

Moyes' sacking, although widely expected, has forced many to criticise United after the decision was leaked on Monday. The 50-year-old Scot didn't speak with chief executive Ed Woodward until Tuesday, leading to Moyes feeling "furious and disgusted," per Alan Nixon of the Mirror

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United walks off with Ryan Giggs (R) at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on March 29, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by
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Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers Association, believes United acted in an "unprofessional manner," reported by BBC Sport. Contradicting this, a club source is said to have claimed "the board were surprised when the news broke on Monday," saying "they wanted to do things the right way," noted by Neil Custis of the Sun (subscription required).

Sam Allardyce weighed into the discussion with comments suggesting United's global image could suffer, per Ben Jefferson of the Express:

I think [LMA chief] Richard [Bevan] would know a lot more than me.

But from a distance by the leaking it didn’t look very good and for Manchester United, as an institute and a football club of their size, the process looked like it was flawed which is a great shame for United as a brand.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  (L-R) Opposing managers Sam Allardyce the West Ham manager and David Moyes the Manchester United manager greet each other prior to kcikoff during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United
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Gary Neville, former United right-back and current Sky Sports pundit, also slammed the Red Devils by saying this isn't "the way in which the club should portray itself," per television channel Sky Sports News, reported by the Press Association and via the Guardian.

Such criticism will quickly die down if United return to winning ways. Giggs takes charge of Saturday's match against Norwich as well as fixtures versus Sunderland, Hull and Southampton. Positive results can barely change United's league position—with seventh looking the most likely finishing point—but tactical progress will give the side confidence heading into next season.

Giggs remained a key United player throughout Ferguson's tenure and is embroiled in the club's philosophy. He will look to pass the ball quickly, dominate attacking opportunities with numbers and call upon wingers to bust a gut across the pitch.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09:  David Moyes, manager of Manchester United gives instructions to Wayne Rooney during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in
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His handling of Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa and Juan Mata could also see United's form improve, as all three have suffered significant periods out of position across the past two seasons.

United's hierarchy is going to need a thick skin across the next few weeks. The handling of Moyes' departure will continue to bring about criticism, but for Giggs and his players, the main focus must be providing supporters with something positive to hang onto.

Rarely did Moyes' cautious strategy inspire feelings of enthusiasm, a factor that ultimately played a major role in his exit.


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