In potentially the start of an exciting new era in Manchester United’s history, Ryan Giggs takes charge of the club for the first time in the wake of David Moyes’ departure on Tuesday.
It’s been a tumultuous week at Old Trafford with news breaking on Monday of Moyes’ impending exit before the Scot was finally relieved of his duties and Giggs was brought in to steady the ship for the final four games of a disappointing season.
Giggs’ first press conference was impressive with the Welshman showing plenty of self-belief, stating his commitment to bring back exciting football with commitment, tempo and flair, something which had gone amiss under Moyes.
United’s record appearance maker has brought Paul Scholes back into the fold as well as Nicky Butt while retaining Phil Neville. Since their arrival, there has been a real buzz emanating from players and fans who can’t wait for the game on Saturday now.
Giggs has almost a full complement of players to choose from with Rafael and Evra the only real doubts. Robin van Persie could take a place on the bench after returning to training in the wake of Moyes’ departure. Adnan Januzaj and Danny Welbeck are likely to return to the starting eleven.
Meanwhile, Norwich are another team who have had a disappointing season. Neil Adams, like Giggs, is a rookie on the managerial front having replaced the sacked Chris Hughton and he has been tasked with saving Norwich from relegation.
Joseph Yobo will miss out through injury while Sebastian Bassong might continue his spell on the bench. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, a one time transfer target for United, may start and look to end his goalscoring drought which has lasted since the opening day.
United have already played the Canaries twice this season and won both games; 4-0 in the Capital One Cup fourth round and1-0 in the league where Welbeck scoring the only goal of a fairly disappointing game.
Much has been made of United’s dreadful term with the current points tally our lowest at this point in a season since 1991 and Old Trafford has hardly been ‘the Theatre of Dreams’ for the Reds this campaign.
Norwich have conceded less goals at home than United this season but Moyes’ side found the net on just 22 occasions in front of their own crowd this season, a measure of our poor home form.
However, judging by Giggs’ press conference, United will go for the jugular against their relegation threatened opponents.
United boast a good record against Norwich in recent seasons having won their last three matches and the atmosphere within the squad seems to be much more positive, with our stand-in manager wanting the players to ‘enjoy themselves.’
As such, many expect a performance reminiscent of the United of old with Giggs aiming to convince the clubs hierachy that promoting from within could be a viable alternative to Jurgen Klopp or front-runner Louis van Gaal.
The Reds should have too much for an out-of-form Norwich and could end the season on a high with Giggs’ appointment seemingly re-invigorating both the squad and the fans ahead of the evening kick-off.
Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Norwich