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Giggs: I will manage United again

ESPN staff
June 5, 2014
The ESPN FC team discuss Ryan Giggs' appointment as Manchester United assistant manager

Ryan Giggs believes he will one day be Manchester United manager again after overseeing the final four games of last season in the wake of David Moyes' sacking.

Giggs was placed in an interim role and will serve as new manager Louis van Gaal's No.2 once the Dutchman finishes with the Netherlands after the World Cup.

Speaking in a new documentary, Life of Ryan: Caretaker Manager, a revealing insight in to Giggs' final year at United, Giggs hinted at a desire to be in permanent charge at Old Trafford.

'It's like having your first baby'

Ryan Giggs' four games in charge featured two wins, a draw and a defeat © PA Photos
  • Ryan Giggs suffered a single defeat in his four games as interim boss at Manchester United - a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at Old Trafford.
  • "I was stood on the side just wishing I'd named myself as a substitute so I could something about it," he revealed. "I bet every manager thinks like that, but I'm in a position where I'm still playing and can still affect the game.
  • "For 20 years Sir Alex Ferguson used to say, 'Wait until all you lot are managers and you'll find out how hard it is to pick a team and leave good players out', and I was just say there going, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever'.
  • "But it's like having your first baby. You can prep as much as you can, but until it comes down to actually living it day in, day out, you can never prepare for it.
  • "I was really, really down after that game and that won't happen again."

He said: "It's been a whirlwind and I wouldn't change it for the world. It was just a brilliant experience, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and will be all the better for next time it happens.

"I met Louis and the meeting went really well. I liked him instantly and I'm looking forward to working with him and learning from him."

Giggs also revealed how he broke down in tears in his car following Manchester United's final game of last season - a 1-1 draw at Southampton - and said he feared for his future at the club.

"We got off the plane at Manchester Airport," he said, "and I was saying goodbye to the players, thanking them. Potentially saying goodbye to a lot of players for the last time, a bit of staff, and I'm not an emotional person. Well, I didn't think I was.

"My car was parked right outside and I thought, 'I need to get in my car here'.

"I could feel myself getting emotional. So I get in my car and I just went, started crying, started getting really emotional and I think it was just a mixture of what I've just said, saying goodbye to people for maybe the last time, and the pressure that I put myself under.

"It sounds stupid now, but it's just not me, it's just not me at all.

"I came out the airport and I came at the lights and Nicky Butt has just pulled up next to me and I'm thinking, 'F***ing hell, I can't let Butty know that I've just been crying.'

"So I just give him a little wave and just looked the other way and waited for the lights to go green."

Life of Ryan: Caretaker Manager will be screened on ITV1 at 9pm on Thursday

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