MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata scored twice to ensure Ryan Giggs' spell as interim Manchester United manager began with a comfortable 4-0 victory against a mediocre Norwich side in the English Premier League on Saturday.
It was an upbeat end to a turbulent week at Old Trafford that saw manager David Moyes dismissed just 10 months after succeeding Alex Ferguson, paying the price for taking the club from champions to seventh place.
"They're all good players and all of us have let ourselves down this year," Giggs said. "We haven't played to the level that we're capable of this season, but we did that today."
However uplifting this rout was for disgruntled fans, it came against a relegation-threatened team with the worst away record in the league. And United did also score four goals in winning two of Moyes' last three domestic fixtures.
Although there could be a clamor for Giggs to stay in charge after these remaining four matches of the season, United plans to appoint a more experienced, proven trophy winner. Outgoing Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is the favorite for the job.
"Giggs has got all the credentials to be the next manager but that's down to the board," Rooney said.
The 40-year-old Giggs has grown up at Old Tafford, from coming as a supporter, rising through the youth team, becoming the club's most decorated player, and now occupying the manager's seat in the dugout.
"I was nervous, but as soon as I came out of the tunnel the reception I got, the staff got, and the players got was brilliant," Giggs said. "I've got to thank the fans for that because it's not been an easy week, but I felt 10 feet tall."
Having joked on Friday he would award himself a new five-year playing contract, Giggs denied himself a 963rd United appearance.
Watching from the sidelines in a club suit, Giggs ensured the team provided the cathartic experience desired by all at Old Trafford, near the end of a season of unparalleled inferiority and disorder in the Premier League era.