Marginalised on and off the pitch in the fateful David Moyes era, Ryan Giggs had almost become the forgotten man at Old Trafford this season.
That’s all about to change.
In the most turbulent period at Manchester United in a generation, the club is turning to one of its greatest players to bring some order.
Giggs was appointed as United’s temporary coach on Tuesday following the firing of Moyes after a woeful 10 months in charge.
The Welshman is into the 23rd season of a remarkable career at the club – but was a member of Moyes’ coaching staff and has had aspirations for a while of being a manager. Now he’ll get his chance.
With four league games remaining, Giggs is likely to be in charge until the end of the season – starting with Saturday’s home match against Norwich.
The task? To lift some of the gloom surrounding the club and aim for 12 points that could earn United a place in next season’s Europa League.
“I definitely think Ryan will be a manager,” former United captain Bryan Robson said on Tuesday. “Whether he gets it full time at a club like Manchester United is a big ask.”
“For me, I think in the last four games, there will be more togetherness and playing a brand of football that is more eye-catching,” said Dwight Yorke, who played alongside Giggs in United’s famous treble-winning team in the 1998-99 season.
“Players will play more in the United way. Four games is not a lot, but I think Giggs is the right man.”
One of the problems in the Moyes era was that the manager failed to command respect from the players. In the end, it seemed they simply stopped playing for him.
That isn’t likely to happen with Giggs. You don’t do that to a man who has won 13 Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Champions Leagues, one UEFA Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a Club World Cup, and who will have learned so much in his 22 years under former manager Alex Ferguson.