Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck Reportedly Want to Stay Under Ryan Giggs

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20:  Danny Welbeck of Manchester United celebrates with Robin Van-Persie after scoring a goal during the match between the A-League All-Stars and Manchester United at ANZ Stadium on July 20, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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The temporary appointment of Ryan Giggs as Manchester United manager appears to have had a calming effect on any possible discord at Old Trafford among the Red Devils' playing staff. 

David McDonnell of The Mirror writes that both Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie were considering moves away from the champions after becoming disillusioned and unhappy under David Moyes' tenure, but Giggs' appointment has been welcomed by the players.

McDonnell reports:

Van Persie was known to have become disenchanted with the training methods under Moyes, while Welbeck was ready to seek a move elsewhere this summer to play more regularly. But United's decision to sack Moyes on Tuesday, after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge, is believed to have seen many disaffected players have a change of heart.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09:  David Moyes, manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo
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Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after the Glazer family decided he was not the man to take the club forward.

The Scotsman lost 11 matches in the Premier League this season, per Squawka, and United have no mathematical chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Henry Winter of The Telegraph commented on Moyes' dismissal on Thursday, and the actions taken by United to try and restore some pride and direction. 

He wrote:

(Ed)Woodward has taken sound steps to restoring United’s traditions on the field, releasing the handbrake inexplicably applied by David Moyes, and turning in the short term to those long associated with the club’s strongest virtues. Taking off their boots and putting on their suits, Ryan Giggs and the Class of ’92 are taking United back to their roots.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 08:  Ashley Young of Manchester United challenges Ryan Giggs during a training session at Aon Training Complex on April 8, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The hiring of Moyes will go down as one of Manchester United's great mistakes, and unfortunately for the Scotsman his time at the club will have damaged his previously good reputation. The opportunity to manage United is a huge one for Giggs, even if it is on a short-term basis, but as Winter says, the club needs to go back to its roots.

The players will trust Giggs, and his coaching sidekick Paul Scholes, in a way they did not trust Moyes. The tactics employed by the former Everton boss were foreign to a set of players who are used to winning football matches and trophies by dismantling opponents and scoring goals. Giggs has a chance to reverse this, with no pressure of having to finish higher in the league table. 

Moyes' turgid style and constant rotation were clearly unpopular with the players, and he could not convince them that his way was the right way.

With Giggs now in charge, United's players have the opportunity to show what they can do and return to a playing style that befits a squad that can still call itself league champions for a few weeks more.