Ryan Giggs has been offering his insight to the Manchester United youngsters preparing for continental competition.
The United Under 23s are taking part in the Premier League International Cup and began their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Swansea. James Wilson, who was handed his senior debut by Giggs during his interim spell in charge of the Reds against Hull City in 2014, scored both goals in the success against the Swans.
United face trips to Athletic Bilbao and Celtic and Giggs has been passing on his wealth of knowledge to Ricky Sbragia’s youngsters in an attempt to steel them for the task ahead.
Joe Riley revealed Giggs’s role in the Under 23’s Premier League International Cup preparation
Under-23 full back Joe Riley revealed Giggs’s role in their preparation, he told MUTV: ‘We had Giggsy in last week talking about the Premier League International Cup. Obviously, we’re going to play teams from afar. The preparation might be different and the play might be different.’
Callum Gribbin also discussed the words of encouragement from the Old Trafford great. ‘Ryan came in a couple of weeks ago and told us what he’d won at the club and reminded us about European football and stuff like that, which was good.
‘To have a person like that [do it] — what a player he was and what a career he had here. So you’ve always got to listen to players like that.’
James Wilson, who was handed his senior debut by Giggs, scored in their opening group game
DJ Buffonge praised the influence of Giggs and other former United great who are still involved with the club.
‘I was starstruck at first when I saw the players and coaches,’ he said. ‘The likes of Nicky Butt and, when I first came here, Ryan Giggs. He was very supportive and kind to me. He gave me good advice.
‘I definitely feel like I can see Butty or Giggsy around the club and could still go to them for advice. Even though Ryan is not actually here coaching now, I know he would still give me time and help me.’