Manchester United player-coach Ryan Giggs has come to the defence of manager David Moyes, insisting that the players should take the blame for the club’s poor form, the
Giggs, United’s longest-serving player, joined the backroom staff at Old Trafford upon the appointment of Moyes to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season, and said that the retirement of Ferguson and arrival of Moyes cannot be held up as an excuse for some of the team’s performances in the early part of the season.
United have lost three of their last four Premier League games, including a home defeat by West Bromwich Albion in their last domestic outing, and while Giggs accepts that some acclimatisation to the new manager was always going to be needed, it does not explain the disappointing results the club has recorded.
“Sir Alex was a great manager and a great influence on the team and the club,” Giggs said. “You are always going to miss someone like that. But I don’t think that is an excuse when individuals aren’t playing as well as they can
“We are not playing well as a team, but we haven’t got injury problems as we have had in the past, so there is no excuse,” Giggs continued. “There are 20-odd players there and there are places to be had. If you do well, you stay in the team and hopefully we can do that. The manager has been OK. He realises we are not playing as well as we can and he wants to put that right. I am sure he will.”
Giggs, 39, made his United debut in 1991, and has gone on the feature almost 950 times for the club, more than any other player, and has won 13 titles, among myriad other trophies. The midfielder added that United still have time to improve their standing, but cannot afford further mistakes.
“There are other teams getting beaten around us, so we have plenty of time,” he said. “But we need to start doing it quickly and at the weekend at Sunderland.”
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