Giggs leads United to his first win after taking charge of the club
by Nick D
Apr 26, 2014 2:20 PM EDT
David Moyes is out and Ryan Giggs is in. After 10 troubled months Moyes was shown the door and the United legend Giggs has taken over, well for at least the next 3 games. Giggs got the perfect start as he led his team from the sidelines to a strong 4-0 win against Norwich City. A shaky first half but a very impressive second saw United reagin some pride back to their club.
Ryan Giggs the new leader of Man United after Moyes' exit earlier this week
United started strong as the crowd greeted their new manager with a huge cheer. The fans and the players already knew that Champions League football was off the table and now they were playing for their pride and for their new manager Ryan Giggs. Welbeck had the first real chance of the game, as he blasted a shot from the right side of the box. Though Ruddy held firm at his near post and fisted the ball clear of his goal. United kept the pressure up on Norwich but failed to really trouble the keeper or his goal. Man United also managed to have a good chunk of the possession too but once again as the halftime whistle approached they had nothing to show for it. Kagawa was probably the best on ground for United but still he didn't manage to break the deadlock. Norwich on the other hand defended well and limited the open space for the United forwards. Snodgrass was their best player on the pitch and was proving to be dangerous going forward. Though he lacked the support from his team mates to make an impact on the game. Then a silly challenge by Whittaker on Welbeck saw United earn a penalty as the Norwich defender was judged to have pulled him down. Rooney stepped up and made no mistakes as he buried the ball into the bottom right corner. 1-0 as the halftime break approached.
Wayne Rooney gives United the lead from the penalty spot just before the halftime break
The second half saw United come out strong from the change rooms and were rewarded early in the half with their second goal. Kagawa fed the ball out to Rooney wide left. The England striker would cut towards the centre of the box as the Norwich defenders backed off him. He took a touch and from about 25 yards out he fired in a curling shot and beat Ruddy as the ball hit the post and made its way into the back of the goal. 2-0 and Giggs was definitely happy with the way his debut as manager was going so far. United started to heat up then as they pushed forward and looked to increase their lead. Welbeck had a good chance from the top of the box but his shot towards the top left corner was well blocked by the keeper. Vidic then also had a good chance from the corner kick as he timed his jump at the far post. His header though would just go over the bar and bounce off the top of the net. United looking very dangerous every time they made their way into Norwich's half. Norwich then were given a slight break as they won themselves a free kick on the edge of the box. Snodgrass whipped in a curling shot over the wall but the ball was well covered by De Gea. Giggs decided his team were in good control and decided to change it up a bit and bring on Mata for Welbeck. The change was perfect as only moments later Mata would score United's third of the match. Rooney would fire in a strong shot from outside the box, but once again Ruddy leapt well to deny him his hat=trick. The ball though remained in play and was fed back to the top of the box to Jones. He played in a low cross towards the front post and it was the Spanish substitute that got a foot to it and steered it into the back of the net. 3-0 and United looking like the team of old under Giggs' guidance.
Juan Mata making it four goals in four games scoring United's third in the 63rd minute
The game was over after that and Norwich needed to try and hold on and not let the game become a blowout. Giggs would make one more change as Hernandez was brought on for Cleverley. Rooney would tuck into the centre of the ground and let Hernandez go up front on his own. Norwich though were struggling to hold off the former champions and some lack luster defending cost them again as they went down 4-0 in the 73rd minute. Evra played in a looping cross from the touchline. It cleared the entire goal but Valencia was quick to react and cut it back across the 6 yard box where Mata got a vital head to steer it into the goal. 4-0 and Old Trafford regained their voice that seemed to be lost in the past 10 months under Moyes. The game would end with that scoreline as United took their foot off the pedal slightly and Norwich managed to not let it get out of more contol. United winners and now the board will need to look at Giggs as being a true contender to actually take over and lead United back to the summit.