Giggs shines in his first stint as coach

Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs, with his tufts of grey hair and smart club suit, strode on to the Old Trafford turf and got a hero's welcome on Saturday as he launched a new phsae in his career and a fresh start for the club.

Ninety minutes later with a 4-0 victory over relegation-threatened Norwich City safely wrapped up, the home fans were able to digest what they had seen – a glimpse of the future as well as a snapshot of the past.

The shackles of the sacked David Moyes's cautious regime had been cast off and United's players, who looked clueless in a 2-0 defeat at Everton the previous weekend, played with freedom and confidence – just as they did under former boss Alex Ferguson.

The 40-year-old Giggs, after 962 appearances for the club and 25 major trophies, arguably understands better than anyone what made United such fearsome opponents under the fiery Scot.

And, like Ferguson, Giggs did not shy away from the big decisions. His first team selection raised eyebrows with 37 million-pound ($62.20 million) Spaniard Juan Mata left on the bench and another of Moyes's big buys Marouane Fellaini left out of the playing squad completely.

"I didn't sleep last night. Leaving the likes of Juan Mata out of the starting eleven was difficult and a position I've never been in before," Giggs told Sky Sports.

"I'm also one of their team-mates. I told them all individually and some of them were upset, but they didn't sulk. You saw the reaction of Juan, he's a true pro."

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