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Ryan Giggs’ take on life as Manchester United manager

The Welsh veteran explains how it feels to be running the show from the touchlines.

Ryan Giggs has admitted that he was taken aback by the pressure he had to face as a manager, but insists that he is satisfied with himself.

The former Wales international was handed the reins at Manchester United on a interim basis following the dismissal of David Moyes last month.

The 40-year-old’s first game in charge was against Norwich City at Old Trafford, which the Red Devils won 4-0, thanks to braces from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.

However, in their very next match, United displayed an abject performance against Sunderland at home and went down 1-0. Then just three days later, they got the better of Hull City 3-1 at Old Trafford in what was the departing Nemanja Vidic’s final home game.

Giggs will be wearing the manager’s suit for the final time this season on Sunday when United take on Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium. The winger will step down from the interim-manager’s position thereafter, with Louis van Gaal looking likely to take over.

So how has Giggs’ experience been as the manager of one of the world’s biggest clubs? Having played for the Manchester outfit for over two decades, surely it wouldn’t have come as a shock?

‘It sort of goes in waves where one minute you are enjoying it and one minute you are not’, he told reporters. ‘But ultimately it gives you a lot of satisfaction when everything goes right... I have enjoyed the whole experience and it has definitely helped me prepare for what will come after my playing career’.

Giggs will reportedly retire from the game at the end of the season and could try his hand at full-time management. He was appointed a player-coach by Moyes when the Scot took over last summer and his short stint as interim manager will certainly stand him in good stead.

Giggs is not yet ready to become the United boss, but many fans believe that one day he will be running the show from the touchline. He is only 40 and has taken charge of just three matches, so there is a long way to go before he can become the next Sir Alex Ferguson.

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