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Football: Four-star United launch Giggs era in style

Published on Apr 27, 2014 5:54 AM
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) scores a penalty against Norwich during their English Premier League match at Old Trafford in Manchester on April 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (AFP) - Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata scored two goals apiece as the temporary reign of Ryan Giggs as manager of Manchester United began with a convincing 4-0 win against Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

The scoreline represented United's largest home league win of the season as the soon-to-be deposed English champions did their best to put the disappointments of their time under David Moyes, sacked as manager on Tuesday, behind them.

United great Giggs was granted a predictably warm and passionate welcome by home fans who had become increasingly disillusioned by the direction their club was heading under Moyes.

But, well before Rooney shot United ahead from the penalty spot four minutes before the interval, Old Trafford had become far more subdued after a fairly underwhelming start to the game - and the new manager's reign - by their team.

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