Giggs: Long-serving Manchester United players will back Moyes

With the Everton manager set to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson, the veteran midfielder insists the new boss will have the support of all the senior figures in the dressing room

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has insisted manager-to-be David Moyes will have the backing of all the long-serving members of the squad.

The Everton boss was chosen to replace Sir Alex Ferguson earlier in May, and is now tasked with continuing the club's trophy-laden traditions after the retiring Scot amassed 38 pieces of silverware during his 27-year tenure.

Giggs understands the challenge that awaits Moyes, and assured the incoming boss that he should not expect an unwelcome greeting upon his arrival.

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"We have a really good bunch of lads in the dressing room and, whenever the manager needs help, the more experienced players will help," Giggs told the Daily Telegraph. "That has been the norm, ever since I have been in the club.

"What David Moyes is coming into is a good atmosphere, a really good bunch of lads, very good players and a really strong squad, so it is a strong position to be in. But the downside is that you have to follow the most successful manager that has ever lived.

"Managers usually go into clubs when things aren't going great, but this team isn't on a downward spiral, so I don't know if that makes it harder or easier for David."

Two criticisms that have been levelled at Moyes are his lack of trophies and Champions League qualification during his 11-year stay at Everton, but Giggs highlighted the Scot's obvious man-management talents as key to success.

"He is coming here with great respect for what he has done at Everton," Giggs continued. "He has done a brilliant job there and that is evident whenever you play against his teams because it is never easy against them.

"Some of our former players have gone to Everton and been really successful, like Tim Howard and Phil Neville, and what they have said is that he works you hard and expects you to work hard and perform. He sets really high standards, but that is nothing different to what we are used to."