Ryan Giggs claims he had no hesitation in accepting the offer to replace David Moyes as Manchester United manager until the end of the season, calling it the proudest moment of his life. Moyes lost his job on Tuesday and Giggs, the club's most decorated player, was asked to step in by the club's chief executive, Ed Woodward.
The 40-year-old is yet to retire as a player but will assume managerial responsibilities against Norwich on Saturday. And, when asked by MUTV on Friday if he had considered turning down the offer, he said: "When Ed asked me to look after the team for the remaining four games, I had no hesitation in saying yes. I've got to say this is the proudest moment of my life. The club has been the biggest part of my life since I was 14.
"I'm proud, happy, a little bit nervous, but just like I am as a player, I can't wait for the game on Saturday. I can't wait for 5.30 tomorrow when we walk out at Old Trafford. I know the place will be rocking. I've told the players 'I trust you and I know what you're capable of. Go out there and show it'."
The Welshman was in a good mood as he conducted his first press conference, even joking that he had given himself a new five-year contract. The midfielder said the season under Moyes had been "frustrating" and he wants to restore some pride in his four games in charge.
"It's a proud moment for me to manage Manchester United and it's one I will enjoy," said Giggs, who will take his place in the dugout for the first time against Norwich on Saturday.
"I want to bring back some smiles on the faces of the fans. I can't wait for the game, the players are excited too. I know the stadium will be bouncing."
Moyes left United seventh in the English Premier League, and Giggs took time to thank his former manager at the start of his press conference.
"I'd like to thank David for giving me my first chance in coaching," said Giggs, who was appointed first-team coach when Moyes arrived. "It was something I'll always remember when he rang me in the summer and asked me to come on board. Obviously I was still playing but he's given me my first opportunity of a coaching role."
Giggs, the club's most decorated player, wants to bring a bit of flair back to Old Trafford.
"It's been a frustrating season for everyone," said the 40-year-old, who has won 13 Premier League titles with the club. "We win together and lose together and in these remaining four games, I want to bring the positivity back.
"We have three home games at Old Trafford, where the home form hasn't been great, and I want to see goals, tackles, players taking players on and getting the crowd up. I want the passion that should come with being a Manchester United player."
Interim boss keeping cards close to chest
Giggs came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford and was part of the famed 'Class of '92' that helped contribute to so much of the club's success under Sir Alex Ferguson. The club's record appearance maker could not hide his delight at being appointed interim manager.
"I am proud to be managing Manchester United for the remaining games," said Giggs, who has played 962 times for the club. "It's a club I've been associated with for 25 years and it's a proud moment for me and one I will enjoy. I've enjoyed the week and I'm proud more than anything. It's probably the proudest moment of my career.
"It has been a difficult week for the club and it was a shock to me on Tuesday when I spoke to Ed and he informed me David was leaving and then asked me to take over. It's been a bit of a whirlwind week for me but one I've enjoyed - it has been different, chaotic and I've been getting a little taste as it's my fourth day in the job. I can never imagine what you have to do and things it entails being a Manchester United manager."
Giggs, who started taking his UEFA pro-license at the beginning of the season, is not being considered by the United board as a replacement for Moyes. He refused to reveal his plans beyond the end of the season.
"I'm just concentrating on a short term," Giggs said. "I am concentrating on the four games remaining. After that, I've not really thought about it."