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EPL: GIGGS WINS FIRST MATCH AS MANAGER

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Manchester United manager Ryan Giggs enjoyed a winning start to his Old Trafford reign as goals from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata saw off Norwich.

Giggs, in temporary charge after the sacking of David Moyes, watched Rooney score a penalty and curling effort either side of half-time.

Substitute Mata added a third and headed in from six yards to keep United in the hunt for a Europa League spot.

Defeat leaves Norwich one point above the Premier League relegation zone, reports the BBC.

The Canaries arrived in Manchester at the end of a week in which United underwent a second managerial change in 10 months, with Giggs – the club’s most decorated player – asked to take charge by United’s vice chairman Ed Woodward.

The 40-year-old promised a return to the traditional Manchester United style of play ahead of kick off, with “passion, speed, tempo, bravery and imagination,” to the fore.

A rapturous welcome greeted him as he emerged from the tunnel and with 962 appearances for the club, Giggs wrote United is “the rock his life had been built upon” in his programme notes.

A ‘good luck’ card from United mascot ‘Fred the Red’ was also on offer for the Welshman and after a tepid opening half an hour, his side cruised to just an eighth home win of the campaign.

A group of sarcastic football supporters from Malta organised a banner to fly over Old Trafford during the visit of Norwich to thank David Moyes for his time at the club

United have now claimed 47 of their 60 points against sides in the bottom half this season and despite Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy smartly saving from Danny Welbeck and Antonio Valencia, Neil Adams’ side could not kill the feel-good factor at Old Trafford.

EPL RESULTS

Southampton 2 – 0 Everton

Fulham 2 – 2 Hull

Stoke 0 – 1 Tottenham

Swansea 4 – 1 Aston Villa

West Brom 1 – 0 West Ham

Man Utd 4 – 0 Norwich

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