After a successful outing against China in his first international match as Wales Manager, Ryan Giggs has admitted that he was nervous during the game.
“It was a huge moment for me, managing Wales for the first time against China. I can’t really say I loved every minute though because I was so nervous,” he said after the game.
“Obviously, it was a great result beating China 6-0 and a brilliant moment, one which I tried to enjoy afterwards because, after all the work, it was more of a relief just to win.”
The former Manchester United player points out that the tension experienced during the game was markedly different than that experienced when he played.
“I was much more nervous than in any game I played in. It was a long time coming having been in the job two or three months without any games, so it was tough to enjoy because you put yourself under such pressure.
“You just want to get a win but to get a clean sheet, score six goals, such good goals – including one where every player touched the ball including the goalkeeper – was great. I was just delighted as we put in so much work.”
Bale the icing in the cake
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale was in good form on the game against China and scored a hat-trick. Bale’s hat-trick was his first at international level, making him the first player to bag a treble for Wales since Robert Earnshaw v Scotland in 2004.
Ryan Giggs recognizes Bale as one of the best players in the world.
“Gareth Bale looked really good, really sharp and fit. As an international manager, you are always watching the games the week before, so it was the best case that he only had 20 minutes and scored in his last game for Real Madrid.
“He got to China a little later than anyone else but he was really good and a great professional for other players to be around. He’s at a fantastic club, he’s won three Champions League, so he’s happy where he is.
“As a player, you’re always battling for your place, no more so than at a big club where it isn’t just about 11 players. But without a shadow of a doubt, when Gareth is flying he can get into any team in the world.
“He’s among the top players in the world. There’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and then there’s the next tier of players and he’s up there with the best of the rest.
“I think he’s coming to a stage where you really know your body, where you know when you can train and when you have to take a down day. It isn’t easy but you just have to manage yourself. I was 28 or 29 when I started to get to that stage in terms of having to listen to your body and Gareth has to do the same.”
Ryan Giggs is no doubt one of the most successful players to have featured for Manchester United.