Interim manager a winner in debut with Manchester United



Ryan Giggs knows managing Manchester United isn’t always so easy.

After a sleepless night before his managerial debut, Giggs, 40, saw the team under his temporary control reawaken Old Trafford with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Norwich on Saturday.

It came at the end a tumultuous week that started with David Moyes’ dismissal after only 10 months, having taken a team that won the league by 11 points under Alex Ferguson last May down to seventh in the English Premier League.

Giggs, who dropped himself from the match-day squad, is likely to have just three more games as player-manager. United asserted itself over Norwich after a tedious start, with Wayne Rooney scoring twice – the first from the penalty spot – and Juan Mata also netted a brace after coming off the bench to complete a 4-0 win over Norwich.

In other matches, Swansea virtually secured topflight survival and West Bromwich Albion moved closer to safety. Swansea cruised to a 4-1 win over Aston Villa, which is only four points and two places from the drop zone. West Brom’s 1-0 victory over West Ham took the team five points clear of danger. But Fulham threw away a two-goal lead at home to Hull to draw 2-2 and remain in the drop zone.

At the top of the standings, Everton’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League were hit by a 2-0 loss at Southampton which kept the visitors in fifth place. Tottenham closed the gap on Everton to three points with a 1-0 win at Stoke, meaning that Manchester United could even miss out on Europa League qualification.


LA LIGA: Cristiano Ronaldo scored two long-range goals in Real Madrid’s 4-0 rout of Osasuna while resting several first-choice players for its Champions League semifinal second leg at Bayern Munich on Tuesday.


BUNDESLIGA: Bayern Munich warmed up for its Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid with a 5-2 win over Werder Bremen.

Bayern trailed twice but scored three goals in a seven-minute span in the second half to put the match away.

Franck Ribery scored and played a role in two other goals as his form finally improved ahead of Tuesday’s match against Madrid, which holds a 1-0 lead from the home leg.

Claudio Pizarro scored twice for Bayern against his former club.

Bayer Leverkusen drew 2-2 at home with Borussia Dortmund and failed to consolidate a Champions League qualification spot. Leverkusen is only one point ahead of Wolfsburg. Dortmund remained second and is sure to play in the Champions League next season.