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Carrick: Giggs is a natural

Michael Carrick insists that Ryan Giggs is a “natural” manager after stepping up to take interim charge at Manchester United.

Giggs will step up to take charge of his second game as United boss this weekend against Sunderland, having lead them to a convincing win over Norwich last week.

And despite the forever growing speculation that Dutch coach Louis van Gaal will be appointed as David Moyes’ successor – Carrick is full of praise for how 40-year-old Giggs has taken to the role in such a short period of time.

“It’s not an easy thing stepping up from the dressing room like that. It speaks volumes for the respect he’s got that there’s not been much banter, he’s not taken any stick,” Carrick told the Daily Telegraph.

“He’s just naturally made that transition. There’s such respect for him within the squad, we’re trying to make it as easy as possible for him. And it’s gone great so far. He’s been terrific since he took over.”

Carrick also commented on seeing the likes of Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt back around the first-team.

“It’s nice to have them back on the training pitch, to see their faces around the place. Not just for the British lads, the foreign lads are getting so much out of their presence,” he said.

“You’re talking about Giggsy and Scholesy, they’re legends at this club. To have their input is incredible. They’re not the most vocal, but what they do say is just gold dust. It’s listening to the very best. Of course, they said things when they were players. But it’s different now they’re coaches, there’s that bit more authority. To have them say some of the things they’ve said has been just great.”

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