Ryan Giggs has urged Manchester United’s attacking talent such as Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to entertain the fans more next season and hopes for a call-back to earlier playing styles used at Old Trafford throughout the years.
Giggs, who is United’s leading appearance record holder, won 13 Premier League titles in a side that thrilled fans in the Stretford End with a constant look for attacking football.
However, fans have criticized Jose Mourinho’s side for a lack of flair and Giggs believes the attacking core needs to do more to put their stamp on a game.
He said: “First of all, I was a Manchester United fan. I used to climb over the fence when I was a seven, eight-year-old, get the match bus to Old Trafford.”
“Right from when I can remember, I used to go to Old Trafford and then, fast-forward to 17, 18, I played for the first team. I understand how the club works, what the fans want, because I was a fan.”
“I was also a player who wanted to excite the crowd, to get the fans on their feet. I want to see exciting players. I want to see Rashford, I want to see Martial, I want to see Pogba try things. That’s what I tried to do when I was playing.”
Giggs played alongside some of the great players to pull on a United shirt such as Paul Scholes, Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo and more. He believes a dressing room that is close has a better chance of working together.
He said: “It always helps when you have the nucleus of players who know what the club’s about or have been through the youth system. If you can get that then it’s something special and it doesn’t happen very often.”
Despite the critics, the Wales manager believes there is enough in the squad to know what the fans want and to be able to play ‘the United way’.
“Football’s changing, but you still have the likes of Rashford, Lingard, Pogba — who was there when he was younger. You’ve got Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Michael Carrick’s just left, but a group of players who know what the club’s about.”
“I think it’s always important to have that. It doesn’t guarantee you success — and if you don’t have that it doesn’t mean you’re not going to win — but it always helps if you do have that sort of team spirit.”