Manchester United vs. Norwich: Key Takeaways from Ryan Giggs' Pregame Presser

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs smiles during a training session at Carrington training ground in Manchester, England, Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013. Manchester United will play Bayer Leverkusen in Germany in a Champion's League Group A soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Ryan Giggs addressed the press for the first time on Friday since being announced as Manchester United's interim manager.

The Welsh winger, installed for the club's final four games of the season after David Moyes was sacked on Tuesday, spoke confidently ahead of Saturday's match with Norwich.

Giggs began by thanking Moyes for giving him the opportunity to coach on his backroom staff. He also highlighted what the quartet of matches as manager means to him, reported by Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News:

Ben Smith of the BBC confirmed United stopped any questions on Moyes prior to the conference starting:

While Louis van Gaal remains favourite for the permanent job, per Phil McNulty of BBC Sport, Giggs suggests he hasn't considered his position beyond the end of the season, noted by Dawson:

Focusing on the immediate task at hand, Giggs aims to provide United supporters with something to cheer about at the end of this difficult campaign. He believes Old Trafford will be in good spirits ahead of Norwich's visit, per Squawka:

The interim boss suggests success can be achieved by adhering to the philosophy he learned under Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes' notably cautious approach moved away from the cut-and-thrust attacking play United have enjoyed over previous years, something Giggs hopes to quickly restore, per Dawson:

Giggs remained relaxed and quietly confident during his presser. He even found time to joke at the end of a hectic week, saying he has used the newfound power to secure a future contract, per Squawka:

The famous No. 11 also spoke to MUTV in a prerecorded interview before facing the English media, where he lightheartedly said he aims to maintain his record of scoring in every Premier League season by putting himself on penalty duties, per the club's Twitter account:

During his press conference, Giggs confirmed he remains a playing option for United, reported by Dawson:

Giggs also revealed some team news during his MUTV interview. He will be without Robin van Persie and Rafael but other than this has a fully fit squad to choose from, confirmed by the club's Twitter account:

Ending his presser with a smile, Giggs finished on the one question everybody wished to know the answer to, per Squawka:

Dawson believes the temporary boss put in an excellent first showing:

Giggs' professionalism and confidence was obvious to see during his public reveal as United boss. He appears focused on not only making a quick impact, but returning United to the style of football fans wish to see. 

The 40-year-old's jovial manner is a far cry from the often stern pressers of Moyes. Giggs' experience at the Theatre of Dreams places him in an excellent position to do well, and at this stage of a dismal season, his jovial attitude should be welcomed.

A smart initial conference from the interim manager. If Giggs can inspire United to victory over Norwich, we can expect more of the same during his next exchange.