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Giggs is a natural, says Carrick

ESPN staff
May 2, 2014
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Michael Carrick says Ryan Giggs has made a natural transition into management during his interim reign at Manchester United and his advice to the players is like "gold dust".

The insights of Giggs' assistant Paul Scholes have also been invaluable, the midfielder claims, and both have the full respect of the squad.

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"He's been terrific since he took over. It's not an easy thing stepping up from the dressing room like that," Carrick told the Daily Telegraph.

"It speaks volumes for the respect he's got that there's not been much banter, he's not taken any stick.

"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."

Carrick has been a team-mate of Giggs since arriving at Old Trafford in 2006 before the 40-year-old was elevated to the manager's role following David Moyes' sacking.

The interim manager has brought about a reunion of United's Class of 92 on the coaching staff by bringing back Scholes, as well as Nicky Butt and Phil Neville.

"It's nice to have them back on the training pitch, to see their faces around the place," Carrick said. "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."

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