London - Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs was on Tuesday
appointed interim manager of Manchester United, shortly after the club
announced the sacking of David Moyes.
"Following the departure of David Moyes as manager,
Manchester United has announced that Ryan Giggs, the club's most decorated
player, will assume responsibility for the first team until a permanent
appointment can be made," read a statement on the United website.
"The club will make no further comment on this process
until it is concluded."
Giggs, 40, made his United debut in March 1991 and has made
a record 962 appearances for the club, winning 13 Premier League titles, two
Champions Leagues, four FA Cups, four League Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.
He has no previous managerial experience, but has combined
his role as a player with a position on United's coaching staff since the start
of the current campaign.
The Welshman, Britain's most decorated player, was informed
of the news after arriving at United's Carrington training ground on Tuesday
His first game at the helm will be a home fixture against
Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, which will be followed by
matches against Sunderland, Hull City and Southampton.
Louis van Gaal, the current Netherlands coach, has been
installed as the favourite to succeed Moyes on a permanent basis by British
However, Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund, another rumoured
contender, has already ruled himself out of the running.
Klopp told British newspaper The Guardian: "Man United
is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my
commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable."Moyes was dismissed earlier on Tuesday after a
desperate debut campaign at United, who have fallen 23 points below league
leaders Liverpool and can no longer qualify for next season's Champions League.
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