For Norwich, however, it was not the result they needed as they battle relegation. While they are still sitting just outside the drop zone, their final matches against Chelsea and Arsenal make them favourites to go down.
The Manchester club's official Twitter feed noted the arrival of the 40-year-old United legend for his first game in charge:
Meanwhile Squawka noted that Giggs was not the only veteran sitting on the United bench, as Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes were also there as his assistants.
Ryan Giggs and his cronies... pic.twitter.com/YUD1CT5Bw0— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 26, 2014
Cricket writer Elizabeth Ammon was overwhelmed by the romance of it all:
It's gloriously romantic seeing Giggs in a suit managing the side he's devoted to.— Elizabeth (@legsidelizzy) April 26, 2014
BBC Sporf were less than subtle about the occasion:
Ryan Giggs learnt from the best. pic.twitter.com/0J9kacCPC1— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) April 26, 2014
Football Funnys noted that Giggs had learnt a lot from Alex Ferguson, including his legendary time-keeping:
Ryan Giggs has quite clearly modelled his managerial sitting pose on Lenny from the Simpsons. pic.twitter.com/dfN58Zl3uT— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 26, 2014
While PaddyPower made a different comparison:
Why are the cameras even on the pitch for the United game? Just turn them all on Giggs' face if that's all everyone is going to talk about.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) April 26, 2014
Bundesliga writer Cristian Nyari felt that the attention on Giggs could perhaps take away from the football, somewhat giving his own suggestion for the TV people:
GOAL Man Utd 1-0 Norwich (41 mins). Wayne Rooney sends Ruddy the wrong way from the spot after Whittaker took down Welbeck #MUNNOR— Premier League (@premierleague) April 26, 2014
The Giggs effect was not immediately obvious in United's play, as they laboured in the first half, playing in a similarly ineffective way as in their loss to Everton last week.
However, they were given a chance to go one goal ahead when Danny Welbeck was hauled down in the area, and Rooney duly delivered from the spot, as reported by the Premier League:
Giggs' brief celebration of Rooney penalty, otherwise giving instructions.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 26, 2014
The Telegraph's Henry Winter noted Giggs' reaction to the first goal of his managerial reign:
ROONEY AGAIN! This one a curl from outside the box. 2-0 United.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 26, 2014
The second half saw a big improvement from United, and Rooney doubled their lead with a great strike in the 48th minute, per ESPN FC:
Mata then grabbed himself a double after being substituted for Welbeck on the hour, the second a stooping header as shown by Sky Sports:
Hernandez must be absolutely livid. Scoring unmissable chances from one foot out is his bread and butter!— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 26, 2014
PaddyPower felt that Javier Hernandez may have been frustrated not to have gotten on the scoresheet:
United cruising to win under Giggs ... not that Moyes' side won 2 of the last 3 PL games by scoring 4 in each— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 26, 2014
While it was a big win for Giggs' first game in charge, Rob Harris of the Associated Press pointed out that Moyes' recent results had not been as bad as many have been making out:
Rooney: "Giggs has got all the credentials to be the next manager but that’s down to the board."— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 26, 2014
Harris also reported Rooney's post-match thoughts:
A good win for United but yet another setback for Norwich who look destined to be playing in the Championship next term.