Stadium of Light

Next Game

S'land v Man Utd

Sunday, 24 August 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Old Trafford

Last Game

Man Utd 1 - 2 Swansea

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Mata backing for Giggs

Juan Mata feels Ryan Giggs is the perfect man to lead Manchester United after getting off to a winning start against Norwich.

Last Updated: 27/04/14 at 17:50 Post Comment

Juan Mata: Came off the bench to score twice against Norwich

Juan Mata: Came off the bench to score twice against Norwich

Giggs' reign as United manager got off to the best start possible on Saturday as the Red Devils strolled to a 4-0 win over Norwich at Old Trafford.

After a slightly cumbersome first half United sprang into life after the break, playing with width, pace and flair - just as Giggs had demanded.

Giggs may not be under consideration for the post on a full-time basis, but many of the 75,208 fans who were inside Old Trafford wish he was.

Mata is also a big fan of Giggs, even though he was dropped to the bench by the Welshman for Saturday's game.

"If we speak about Ryan we speak about a Manchester United person," said Mata, who scored twice following his introduction on the hour mark.

"He was very successful here as a player and now he is leading the team. We are all happy because who is better to do it?"

Giggs said prior to kick-off that he wanted to "restore the positivity" around the club following an extremely disappointing campaign under David Moyes.

The 40-year-old certainly did that. The greeting Giggs received from the fans as he strode down the touchline in his club suit was real Roy of the Rovers stuff.

There was little mention of Moyes at Old Trafford. The 'Chosen One' banner had gone and Giggs did his best to make a clean break from the Scot's reign.

Giggs made six changes to the team that lost 2-0 to Everton in Moyes' final game in charge while Marouane Fellaini - the Scot's £27.5million signing - was not even on the bench.

Mata, another of Moyes' signings, was happy to end a tumultuous few days for the club on a high.

"It has been a difficult week for us," the Spaniard told MUTV.

"A change of manager is never good news because it means that you are not doing the things right but today it was very important to win and give the fans what they deserve."

Moyes made no mention of the United playing squad in his midweek statement, but Mata, for one, was sad to see the 51-year-old go.

"I will always be grateful to him because he was the one who brought me here and gave me the chance to play for this amazing club," said Mata, who signed for United from Chelsea for £37.5million in January.

"I wish him and his staff the best in the future."

Giggs admitted he barely slept on the eve of the match as he was worried about dropping some of his team-mates, such as Mata.

But it turned out all right for the interim United boss. Norwich never looked like beating David de Gea once the hosts found their rhythm.

Giggs was happy with his team's performance, but he knows he must stay grounded.

"I thought we ended the game really well," said Giggs, who has been told he will be in charge until the end of the season.

"It would have been nice if Chicho (Javier Hernandez) had scored a fifth at the end but I can't get too greedy. And I can't get carried away either. It's the first game. We are at Old Trafford and we are expected to win.

"We will look forward to the Sunderland game and hope for the same performance."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is brilliant! All these years of moral ambiguity, grey areas of offence and context..now we have a simple, easy to follow guide to right and wrong. What did you do today? I kicked the face off a panda . Oh well, you didn't rape, kill anyone or abuse a minor, knock yourself champ.

megabrow (cufc)
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

I

wonder if he'd feel the same way if he wasn't a white, non-jewish heterosexual male. Because Mackay has basically insulted everyone else!

Jay_D
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

C

heers Harry. I was wondering if he'd murdered anyone

Ezy_Rider
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

Footer 365

Premier League: Harry Redknapp happy with QPR's transfer dealings

Harry Redknapp is convinced his summer transfer business will prove solid enough to keep QPR in the Premier League.

Transfer news: No good behaviour clause in Mario Balotelli's Liverpool contract, says agent

Mario Balotelli will join Liverpool next week, but won't have a good behaviour clause in his contract, his agent says.

Premier League: Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is determined to keep Asmir Begovic

Stoke boss Mark Hughes says that Asmir Begovic will not be leaving the club during this summer’s transfer window.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property