Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 1/15/15

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 31: Ryan Giggs #11 of Manchester United is tackled by Stephen Appiah #18 of Juventus as ManU defeated Juventas 4-1 at Giants Stadium on July 31, 2003 in East Ruthererford, New Jersey. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Ryan Giggs’ tenure as interim manager of Manchester United got off to a fantastic start as Manchester United beat Norwich City today, thanks to braces by Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.  The result was Norwich’s fifth loss in a row, and leaves them perilously close to relegation, as they are only one point above 18th placed Fulham. Giggs selected an attacking line-up, with Danny Welbeck spearheading the offence and Wayne Rooney slotting in behind him. In the first half alone, Manchester United showed more attacking flair than during the entirety of David Moyes’ reign.  Many of their chances were created by the individual brilliance of Shinji Kagawa, or through Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia’s link-up play.  Despite United dominating the first half, they were unable to find a breakthrough in the opening half an hour. The deadlock was broken five minutes before half-time the deadlock from a Wayne Rooney penalty.  Welbeck was brought down by Steven Whittaker’s clumsy challenge.  The referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot, it was a clear penalty.  Rooney stepped up and blasted the ball into the right side of the goal, sending Norwich goalkeeper, John Ruddy, the wrong way. United had their reward for their hard-work and went in 1-0 up at half-time. Giggs must have said something inspirational at half-time because United came flying out of the blocks in the second-half.  They were 2-0 up within two minutes when Rooney scored his second of the game with a curling effort from outside the box. Norwich gave Rooney way too much space, and he took full advantage, despite slipping when he made contact, he curled it past Ruddy.  Ruddy’s view was blocked by his defenders, and he was left with no chance. Norwich had to try and pull a goal back and  Robert Snodgrass came closest from a free-kick in the 58th minute that forced David de Gea to make a smart save.  Sensing that Norwich were growing into the game, Giggs made his first substitution, bringing Juan Mata on for Welbeck.  Mata slotted in behind Rooney, in his familiar number ten role, the role David Moyes rarely used him in.  This substitution worked wonders, because Mata brought life into the United side. In the 63rd minute hit a curling effort from outside the box, but this time Ruddy saved well.  The rebound fell to Valencia, who cut it back to Jones and from Jones’ cross, Mata added a third, tapping it in from six-yards away.  Mata would begin the attack for his second goal, spraying the ball wide to Patrice Evra.  Evra’s cross was over-hit and landed at Valencia’s feet.  Valencia crossed it back in and Mata glanced it into the left corner, making the score 4-0.  In injury time they could have had a fifth goal.  Mata played Javier Hernandez clean-through on goal, but he scuffed his shot and missed horribly. Norwich had some possession near the end, but they were unable to create anything meaningful.  They have struggled all season with creating chances, and they looked lost towards the end of the game.  This was the best game United has played all season.  They looked threatening and played directly.  Players were not afraid to take a chance, and those who have played poorly this season, like Valencia, looked completely changed.  Giggs will look at this result and be happy, United played well, and finally resembled their form from last season. The post Manchester United: Ryan Gigg’s reign off to a golden start appeared first on isportsweb.
PLAYERS: Ryan GiggsWayne Rooney
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Marshawn Lynch on final SB play: 'I was expecting the ball'

Report: Rangers acquire Keith Yandle from Coyotes

Report: Bucs to keep Vincent Jackson under current contract

Twins to limit players' smartphone use on game days

Shane Battier: Carmelo Anthony is not that tough to guard

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ronda Rousey would be 'happy' to fight Cat Zingano again

Markieff Morris calls out Suns fans after loss

Cowboys to let DeMarco Murray test free agency?

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184, keeps MMA rumors alive

Dick Vitale will not call Duke-UNC rematch either

PHOTO: Auburn coaches, players wear ribbons for Mason

Jim Harbaugh tells Madonna he respects her toughness

Are the Oakland Raiders finally trending up?

Durant blasts Instagram hater for Westbrook comment

Three potential big signings the Steelers could make

Kevin Garnett buys 1,000 tickets for Timberwolves fans

Michigan fan has incredible Charles Woodson tattoo

WATCH: NIU C brings down basket on dunk

McCown plans to embrace mentoring role with Manziel

Chris Sale out three weeks with foot injury

NHL analyst calls out media over Blackhawks report

Alabama recruits aim to bring the dynasty back

WATCH: Jon Jones, Rumble Johnson prank Dana White

Soccer News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Lynch: 'I was expecting the ball'

Report: Rangers get Yandle from Coyotes

Harbaugh respects Madonna's grit

Twins to limit game day cell phone use

Kevin Durant blasts hater on Instagram

KG buys 1,000 tickets for T-Wolves fans

Markieff Morris calls out Suns fans

Cowboys letting Murray test market?

Brock Lesnar attends UFC 184

Rousey beats Zingano in 14 seconds

Anthony Mason: The most 'New York' of the 90's Knicks

Could Eagles release LeSean McCoy?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.