The only thing that closely came close humour in a Manchester United press conference under Sir Alex Ferguson were the Scot’s occasional rye and sarcastic comments, whilst David Moyes’ interactions with the British press tended to resemble a dear staring into headlights as if already accepting his fate. With little respite during his 10 months as United boss, ice-breaking jokes were few and far between.
But within a matter of days at the Old Trafford helm, Ryan Giggs has already set a new precedent of bringing a more relaxed, happy-go-lucky vibe to Carrington press conferences. The tone was set by Giggs being mistakenly introduced as ‘David’ to the awaiting journalists this morning by the club’s press officer, and the 40 year-old midfield veteran followed up by announcing his first action as United boss was to secure himself a new five-year contract.
It suggests that in comparison to his often fear-stricken predecessor, Giggs will bring some calmness, composure and positivity to the Carrington press room. Whether he can replicate that in the dugout however, remains to be seen.