Interim boss Ryan Giggs says taking charge of Manchester United is “the proudest moment” of his life.
The 40-year-old Welshman is manager for the season’s final four Premier League games after David Moyes’s sacking.
Giggs, the Old Trafford club’s most decorated player, also wants to secure a Europa League place next season for the club, who lie seventh in the table.
“I am proud, I am happy and a little nervous,” said the midfielder at his first news conference as boss.
Giggs appeared relaxed and jovial as he addressed the media at United’s Carrington training base, saying he wanted to “bring back some smiles on the faces of the fans”.
Ahead of Saturday’s home Premier League match against Norwich City, he said:
* His first call on being appointed was to former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson: “I wanted advice and I wanted to know just what to expect.”
* That he had not thought about his long-term future: “My mindset is on Norwich first and then the remaining three games.”
* The mood in training had been good all week: “I can’t wait for Saturday. I know the place will be rocking and I know the fans will be behind us.”
* Everyone at the club wanted a successful conclusion to the season: “It’s been a frustrating season and I want to end it on a high.”
* The team would aim to play an exciting brand of football: “It is my philosophy and it is Manchester United’s philosophy.”
* Jokingly that he would boost his own playing role: “I’ve just given myself a five-year contract while I can.”
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.
“I have got to say it is the proudest moment of my life,” he earlier told the club’s MUTV channel.
“I have supported Manchester United all my life, I have been a part of the club since I was 13. I am proud, I am happy, a little nervous and, just like playing, can’t wait for the game on Saturday.”
He has played a record 962 times for United, and will be assisted in his managerial duties by old team-mates Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes, reports the BBC.
Moyes started as manager in July 2013 after the retirement of fellow Scot Ferguson following 26 years at the helm in which he won 38 trophies, including 13 league titles and two Champions League crowns.
United began the Premier League season as champions, but currently trail leaders Liverpool – who were seventh last season – by 23 points.
Moyes guided the side to the last eight of the Champions League this year but they cannot finish in the Premier League top four, which rules them out of a place in
Europe’s top club competition next season, leaving the Europa League as their next best target.