Carrick: Giggs is a natural

Michael Carrick insists that Ryan Giggs is a 'natural' manager after stepping up to take interim charge at Manchester United.

Last Updated: 02/05/14 at 10:17 Post Comment

Michael Carrick: Has backed Ryan Giggs as manager

Michael Carrick: Has backed Ryan Giggs as manager

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Giggs will take charge of his second game as United boss this weekend against Sunderland, having guided them to victory over Norwich last week.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal seems set to be appointed as David Moyes' successor, but Carrick is full of praise for how 40-year-old Giggs has taken to the task.

"It's not an easy thing stepping up from the dressing room like that. It speaks volumes for the respect he's got that there's not been much banter, he's not taken any stick," Carrick told the Daily Telegraph.

"He's just naturally made that transition. There's such respect for him within the squad, we're trying to make it as easy as possible for him. And it's gone great so far. He's been terrific since he took over."

Carrick also admits it has been good to see the likes of Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt back around the first-team after both were brought in to assist Giggs.

"It's nice to have them back on the training pitch, to see their faces around the place," added the England midfielder. "Not just for the British lads, the foreign lads are getting so much out of their presence.

"You're talking about Giggsy and Scholesy, they're legends at this club. To have their input is incredible. They're not the most vocal, but what they do say is just gold dust.

"It's listening to the very best. Of course, they said things when they were players. But it's different now they're coaches, there's that bit more authority. To have them say some of the things they've said has been just great."

Giggs' main goal during his likely short tenure in charge of United will be to guide them to sixth, which would get the club into the Europa League, and Carrick insists that playing in Europe's second club competition would be a good thing.

"I believe actually playing twice a week can help you, if you're in a winning rhythm," he says.

"You're winning, you just want the next game to come around. Of course, you could say it's good to be able to have a full week to prepare for the next match.

"But I'm happy to play as many as I can, as long as I'm winning. It never caused a problem at this club. I'd much rather come to the end of the season being involved in everything, playing twice a week rather than worrying if I'm fatigued or not. Best thing for not making you feel tired is winning.

"I'd be happy to be in it [Europa League], it's a big competition. You've got to take the best you can get. Giggsy's come in and said he wants us to finish strong, go for it. We're not quite there yet, we've got to win the next match to keep it a possibility."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

Sepp Blatter to quit: Timeline leading to resignation of FIFA boss

We look back on the timeline of events which culminated in Sepp Blatter announcing his resignation as president of FIFA.

Greg Dyke welcomes Sepp Blatter's decision to resign as FIFA president

FA chairman Greg Dyke has called Sepp Blatter's announcement he is to resign as FIFA president "a brilliant day for football".

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company