Ryan Giggs has admitted his last season as Manchester United player was an extremely complicated time, as the team he's spent his whole career at badly struggled under David Moyes.
Giggsy said that seeing United in such difficult and unfamiliar territory was made even more complicated by his new role as player-coach and by not having Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford for the first time in his career.
Old Trafford has had many heroes over the years. This is unsurprising, given the club's rich history. Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, orchestrators of the two great periods of sustained success, have been immortalised, in statue form, outside the ground. Sir Matt gazes into the distance, where the holy trinity of Charlton, Law and Best celebrate together, a monument of glory from a now distant age.
Ryan Giggs has urged Manchester United to show they can go head-to-head with title favourites Chelsea and Manchester City and show more consistency than they've done so far.
Despite a slow start, United entered the international the break in fourth spot, eight points behind league leaders Chelsea but only three points adrift of City, with the former due at Old Trafford on October 26, while the latter will host United the following week.
For the first time Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has public confirmed that he is grooming Ryan Giggs to eventually replace him as Manchester United manager.
The former Dutch national team manager praised Giggs at an annual charity dinner at Old Trafford and called the United legend the perfect example for the players and also underlined his excellent communication skills.
Howard deserves criticism for his performance against Chelsea
Asking for improvement from a goalkeeper who has conceded six goals isn't brain surgery. For the last couple of seasons, Tim Howard has been rightly heralded as one of the best goalkeepers in the league. His performances in the World Cup, particularly against Belgium, elevated him to icon status in the USA.
There's not really any other word to describe both the performance and the feelings that ensued following last night's abomination. It initially brought back memories of a horrendous evening at Upton Park in the Carling Cup back in 2010 when we collapsed 4-0 that evening during a wretched display.
Ryan Giggs has compared new Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, to Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming both men have a special aura about them and both understand what it takes to make a team successful.
Van Gaal has only been in charge for nine days but that didn't prevent him from getting his United career off to a flying start as the Reds trounced Los Angeles Galaxy 7-0 in their first pre-season friendly on Thursday, and Giggs believes what he's seen of the Dutchman so far has a lot in common with what he experienced during the 23 yearshe played under Fergie.
Ander Herrera, who has described his move to Manchester United as a dream come true, has reflected on his heroes when he was growing up. Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo are amongst the United legends that he has looked up to.
"You always see the best players in the world and I always watched Eric Cantona, Zinedine Zidane and, while he was at Real Zaragoza, Gustavo Poyet, who is now the Sunderland coach," Ander told MUTV.
Ed Woodward has told Manchester United fans the club will be extremely busy over the next couple of weeks and that fans should expect various arrivals and departures before the Premier League gets underway on August 15th against Swansea.
Having already spent more than £50m on Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, United have lost Ryan Giggs, who retired at the end of last season, while Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Federico Macheda and Alex Buttner have all left the club and the quartet is set to be follow suit by another couple of players, including Patrice Evra.
More than a few eyebrows where raised last week when Manchester United released the names of the players who travelled to the US last week.
Hernandez is arguably the most famous United player in America, but it looks like Hernandez will be joining his teammates in Los Angeles next week:
Hernandez made just six Premier League starts last season at United under David Moyes and Ryan Giggs, and has to be hoping that impressive preseason will catch the eye of Louis van Gaal and would lead to bigger and better things.
The early World Cup exits for Spain and England will have a positive impact for Man United fans in the US and Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata are David De Gea will be arriving in the US this week as United begins its US preseason tour under new boss Louis van Gaal.
Also coming to America are new signings Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and assistant manager Ryan Giggs likes the strength of the squad that United are bringing over.
Phil Neville and Nicky Butt will discover whether they're part of Louis Van Gaal's plans or not over by the end of next week, once the Dutch manager officially takes over at Manchester United after his World Cup campaign with Holland.
Neville returned to Old Trafford last season as part of David Moyes' coaching staff and continued to work alongside interim manager Ryan Giggs even after Moyes was sacked in April, but with Van Gaal bringing in three new coaches -Frans Hoek, Marcel Bout and Albert Stuivenberg and Giggs promoted to assistant manager, Neville's future remains unclear.
Ryan Giggs has insisted Louis Van Gaal will not be "scared" by the size of the job awaiting him at Manchester United and he expects the Dutchman to be relishing the challenge at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal is a hugely experienced coach, having won titles at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar and Giggs was adamant the Holland manager knows exactly what he'll be expected of him at United but his experience at big clubs ensures he won't be fazed by the task ahead of him.
Although not officially released, images of Manchester United's new kits have surfaced online.
These strips are the first to feature United's new sponsor, Chevrolet. In fact, in anticipation of the official release, the American car manufacturer commissioned a ‘teaser' video, see here:
The video, featuring star players Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and David de Gea, as well as new assistant manager Ryan Giggs, shows the evolution of Manchester United shirts, culminating in a mass march down Sir Matt Busby Way.
Nicky Butt is expected to remain as Manchester United as a coach once the Louis Van Gaal era finally gets underway in its earnest, with the former United midfielder set to continue his role with the club's academy.
A product of the Class of '92, Butt will continue to manage the Under-19 side in the UEFA Youth League and he'll also continue to work alongside Warren Joyce with the Under-21 side, after having being temporarily promoted to the first team fold by Ryan Giggs when the Welshman replaced David Moyes for the last four games of last season.
Although new United manager, Louis van Gaal, is busy chasing World Cup glory with his Dutch side in Brazil, the big Dutchman is still finding time to begin assembling a United team capable of challenging for the Premier League in his first season.
RedRants understands van Gaal held recent talks with new assistant manager, Ryan Giggs, about his plan to crack ONE transfer deal before any others are processed.
Louis van Gaal has spoken of his understanding of the importance of getting a win against City on Sunday. Van Gaal noticed a difference in how Ryan Giggs, who has played in more Manchester derbies than anyone, delivered the pre-match analysis.
It is one of the 38 matches we have to play but, for the fans, it is unbelievably big as a rivalry.
Rio Ferdinand was on the Clare Balding show and has talked about the night in Moscow when we beat Chelsea in the European Cup final.
Following missed penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry, the shoot-out went in to sudden death. Ryan Giggs, on the night be broke Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record, slotted away his penalty, before Nicolas Anelka stepped up.
Francesco Totti became the oldest player to score in the Champions League as his super finish at the Etihad gave Roma a 1-1 draw in their clash tonight taking the record from Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs who scored his last Champions League goal aged 37 and 289 days!