Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs believes the club’s senior professionals have a big role to play under new manager David Moyes.
Moyes has the thankless task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford hot-seat, but Giggs claims the experienced members of the United squad will do their bit to ensure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible.
Ferguson takes charge of the team for the final time at West Brom on Sunday before he retires from the job he has been so successful in for the last 27 years.
The 71-year-old has already called on the club’s fans to be patient with his successor, recalling how it took even him a bit of time before securing the first of his staggering 38 trophy wins with the Red Devils.
Ferguson himself had big boots to fill when he replaced Ron Atkinson in November 1986, and Giggs believes the challenge now facing Moyes, as he leaves Everton after 11 years, is equally as intimidating.
“Maybe it is,” Giggs told the Daily Telegraph. “But we have a really good bunch of lads in the dressing room and, whenever the manager needs help, the more experienced players will help. That has been the norm, ever since I have been in the club.
“What David Moyes is coming into is a good atmosphere, a really good bunch of lads, very good players and a really strong squad, so it is a strong position to be in. But the downside is that you have to follow the most successful manager that has ever lived.
“Managers usually go into clubs when things aren’t going great but this team isn’t on a downward spiral, so I don’t know if that makes it harder or easier for David.”
However, experience in the Premier League at Everton means Moyes is no stranger at United.
“No, he isn’t, and he is coming here with great respect for what he has done at Everton,” Giggs said. “He has done a brilliant job there and that is evident whenever you play against his teams because it is never easy against them.
“Some of our former players have gone to Everton and been really successful, like Tim Howard and Phil Neville, and what they have said is that he works you hard and expects you to work hard and perform. He sets really high standards, but that is nothing different to what we are used to.”