Monday, 28th April, 2014

Anders Lindegaard has lifted the lid on Ryan Giggs' first week in charge of Manchester United, speaking of an inspiring talk in the dressing room before the game from the Welshman, along with Pep Guardiola-esque qualities.

Giggs took over at Old Trafford until the end of the season last week when Manchester United opted to sack David Moyes, despite having handed the Scot a six-year contract last summer.

The Welshman instantly led the Red Devils to a comprehensive 4-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday and Lindegaard feels Giggs has long been readying himself for management, picking up more than a few tips from Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Ryan Giggs has always kept a king of professional distance from his team-mates. He opened his mouth when it was relevant and people have always listened", the Danish goalkeeper wrote on his Betfair blog.


"What we have seen in the first week has been more than convincing.

"The parallels with Sir Alex Ferguson are striking and it is clear that Ryan Giggs has been learning from history's most awe-inspiring manager.

"His last speech before the team went on the pitch before the match against Norwich was terrifying in a way that I have only experienced from Sir Alex Ferguson.

"It probably sounds rather naive and impetuous, and I understand people being sceptical about drawing any conclusion from four training sessions, a game and a day off, but to me we are dealing with a new Guardiola."

And Lindegaard is pleased he does not have to make the decision of whether to hand Giggs the post permanently.

"The question is whether he is already ready to meet the enormous potential he possesses. Fortunately, it's not my decision to make, but 100 per cent the club's.

"And whatever the club decide, I'm sure that everyone on and around the team will respect it."

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