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Apr 25, 2014

Giggs will turn to Ferguson for advice

Manchester United enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory over relegation-threatened Norwich in Ryan Giggs' managerial debut.

Ryan Giggs will have a hotline to Sir Alex Ferguson and will turn to his mentor for guidance during his brief reign as Manchester United's interim manager.

Ryan Giggs will turn to his old manager Alex Ferguson if he needs assistance leading Manchester United.

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The Welshman, who is in caretaker charge after David Moyes was sacked on Tuesday, begins his reign with Saturday's home game against Norwich.

But while Giggs is a rookie manager, he played in Ferguson's United teams for 22 years and plans to consult the Scot, who retired last summer after winning 38 trophies in his 26 years at Old Trafford.

"He's given me advice and told me he's always at the end of the phone so that has given me a lot of comfort," Giggs said in a news conference. "It's good to know I can turn to the manager if I ever need him."

The Welshman said a frantic week has convinced him the United manager's office can be a lonely place.

Asked if he has sat in Ferguson's chair, he replied: "I have, yes. It's lonely! It's been chaotic, you're getting pulled from pillar to post. You go to sit in the office to write some notes down because I'm trying not to forget anything as so many things are going on. So you just sit down but it's a pretty lonely place at times. But I keep saying I'm enjoying it. It's only for a short space of time but I plan to enjoy it and that is what I am doing."

United plan to hire a more experienced manager than Giggs and the 40-year-old insists he has not thought about taking charge on a permanent basis, but knows he has the opportunity to impress in the final four games of the season.

He said: "I've got a chance to show what I can do and what I am capable of as a manager in a short space of time. That's my focus. After that is another conversation. We'll see where it take us. That is my main aim -- not five years down the line but two weeks has to be my main focus is playing against Norwich, who are fighting for their lives. I can't be looking two or three weeks ahead."

United, who are seventh in the Premier League, are enduring their worst season for a quarter of a century but Giggs is convinced it is only a blip and the glory days will return.

He explained: "This club is all about winning trophies and we've not managed to do that this season but we've had seasons like that in the past and always come back. That's the thing about this club. We always come back and we will."

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