Manchester United (MANU:US) interim manager Ryan Giggs said he will ask the team to play without fear after replacing the fired David Moyes at the English Premier League soccer club.
“I’m going to enjoy the remaining two-and-a-half weeks of the season and aim to bring back some smiles onto the faces of the fans,” Giggs, 40, said today at his first press conference.
He replaced Moyes, a 50-year-old picked by former manager Alex Ferguson, three days ago. United has four games remaining of its worst-ever Premier League season. The team lost 11 of its 34 league games under Moyes and is in seventh place, a year after winning a record 20th English title under Ferguson.
“I’ve told the players, ‘I trust you and I know what you’re capable of: go out there and show it,’” Giggs told the team’s television channel.
Today, the League Managers Association, which represents coaches in English soccer leagues, said United and Moyes have settled his six-year contract.
“Terms of settlement have been agreed between the club and David Moyes in respect of the termination of his employment,” the LMA said today in an e-mailed statement. “A settlement agreement is in the process of being finalized. No further comment will be made in relation to this issue.”
United tomorrow face Norwich, which is 17th in the 20 member league, two points out of the relegation zone.
Giggs has played a club record 962 matches for United, and is the only player to have scored in every season since the Premier League started in the 1992-93 season. He’s yet to get a goal this season, having played 21 times.
Although he is still on the playing squad, Moyes added the Welshman to the coaching staff this season as well. Giggs trained with the team this week.
Old Trafford will be “bouncing” tomorrow, Giggs said. “It’s been a frustrating season and I want to end it on a high.”
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