Ryan Giggs’ first match in temporary charge of Manchester United was always going to be a celebratory and resurgent affair.
Given the way the side had played under former manager David Moyes, there was no chance the Welshman’s audition – however premature – was going to end with the damp squib so commonly attached to recent United performances at Old Trafford.
And so it proved as the outgoing champions beat Norwich City 4-0 courtesy of braces from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.
But did that performance suggest United’s hierarchy are looking in the wrong place if the reports linking Louis van Gaal with the permanent job are to be believed?
Speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday evening, pundit and former Liverpool player Alan Hansen certainly felt that Giggs would ultimately be given a job many feel has come too soon.
“Let me tell you this much,” Hansen said. “If Ryan Giggs wins the next three matches, 4-0, there will be a tidal wave of sentiment in his favour, from everywhere…inside Old Trafford, outside Old Trafford.
“I think he will get it.”
It is a bold statement, considering he has no previous managerial experience while van Gaal – many people’s favourite for the job – has managed (and succeeded at) some of the biggest clubs in Europe, most notably Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax.
So yes, Giggs may inspire his troops to a brief resurgence. In fact, with no pressure on them and nothing to play for but pride, it would be surprising if United did not have a 100% record under Giggs’ tenure.
But that is not enough to give him the job full-time. He will be ready one day, but for now the job of turning United back into contenders both domestically and in Europe is for a far more experienced man.