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

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Norwich City at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Ryan Giggs has completed his second press conference as Manchester United interim manager in the build up to Saturday's match with Sunderland.

The Welshman, who notched a 4-0 win over Norwich during the first of his four games in charge, indicated his future remains a mystery, per the club's Twitter feed:

Louis van Gaal is expected to take over permanently, reported by Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail, with Giggs' future remaining in the balance ahead of the Dutchman's touted arrival. Van Gaal is expected to install his backroom staff from the Netherlands' international job upon his appointment, with Patrick Kluivert taking over the No.2 role.

Goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek, physio Jos van Dijk and chief analyst Max Reckers are also expected to follow, perhaps leaving Giggs' immediate future in a less stressful position at the club.

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The 40-year-old has impressed since gaining the temporary reigns. He appears assured of his ability, confident in front of the press and optimistic that the future holds success. Giggs has quickly outlined his attacking philosophy and ensures supporters understand they will receive energetic, fully committed and exciting football under his tutelage—a far cry from the cautious approach of David Moyes.

Giggs' attacking intentions may be hampered against Sunderland. He confirmed a bug has taken grip of Wayne Rooney and Anders Lindegaard, suggesting the former may not be involved against the Black Cats:

In more positive news, Giggs believes Robin van Persie is close to returning from injury but is likely to still miss the Sunderland match:

Michael Carrick, one of United's senior squad members who isn't used to concluding the Premier League campaign in seventh place, had nothing but praise for Giggs' step into management. He spoke of Giggs during a Barclays community event at the club's Carrington training facility, per Jim White of The Telegraph:

He’s been terrific since he took over. It’s not an easy thing stepping up from the dressing room like that. It speaks volumes for the respect he’s got that there’s not been much banter, he’s not taken any stick. He’s just naturally made that transition.

Carrick also suggests "there's such respect" for Giggs, saying United players are trying to make the transition "as easy as possible for him." The England international believes Giggs' leadership has "gone great so far."

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A smart end to the season will see United enter the summer with rejuvenated spirits. Although the match with Norwich started slowly, Giggs rallied his players to produce a second-half blitzing of Neil Adams' helpless Canaries, aided by the substitution of Juan Mata, who scored a brace.

United's interim boss will need to show the same leadership skills against a resurgent Sunderland. Another win would continue United's rebuilding process and continue restoring confidence to a squad that needs improving in the summer.

He may only be in charge for a short while, but Giggs' impact could set United along the right path once more.