He Gets All The Best Giggs

January 17, 2018 — by

Former Wales and Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs was announced as the new manager of the Welsh football team on Monday, despite having only taken charge of a few dead rubber fixtures at the end of David Moyes’ ill-fated season at United. Giggs is arguably an under-qualified candidate at best, especially given his sometimes questionable attitude to the Welsh national team when he was a player, but we took a look at the social media story to see what fans were saying about the appointment and whether they considered Giggs a risk worth taking.

First up, Manchester United fans were quick to congratulate their legendary winger on his new job, with some even hoping he could do a great job with Wales in order to bolster his CV enough to take over the hot seat from Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. United themselves took to Twitter to send their best wishes to the wing wizard, with their congratulatory tweet receiving around 11,000 retweets and over 34,000 likes.

One of the most liked replies (which didn’t involve the words “announce Sanchez”…) was this from Ian Cullen, expressing his hope that Giggs could come back and take the reigns at Old Trafford someday.

When we filter tweets to just show responses from Manchester United fans, we can see just how positive the reaction was to the news. Giggs is a United legend and the fans were clearly very excited to see “one of their own” get a new job with one of the most exciting national team projects in world football. 67% of tweets by United fans were positive, whilst emotion-bearing posts were overwhelmingly “happy”, with 92% of tweets displaying their joy at the new role for Giggs.

Overall, happiness was the most expressed emotion too, with 72.9% of tweets sharing their excitement at the appointment.

However, a decent number of those tweets mocked the fact that Giggs never used to show up to friendlies as a player and was, umm… “involved” with his brother’s wife…

There were also legitimate concerns about his lack of experience and overall attitude to getting a managerial job, contributing to 14.1% anger and 3.3% sadness.

*Apologies for the language*

Whilst the tweets we analysed demonstrated 49% positivity, it’s clear that not all of that “positivity” was supportive of Giggs, with plenty of jokes coming from both Wales fans and outsiders (in other words, it’s not just a bunch of Englishmen taking the p***). This video, of Giggs’ final team talk as United caretaker manager, maybe sums up the feelings of those disgruntled by the appointment but who prefer to make jokes rather than immediately run up the white flag.

If that wasn’t inspiring then I don’t really know what would get your heart pumping…

Some fans certainly intended to see the best of things, advising caution and hope as a good starting point, especially considering the fact that Giggs hasn’t taken charge of a game yet.

It’s safe to say Giggs will have a much tougher debut than most international managers on 22nd March, when his side take part in the China Cup. Whilst the result might not be the most important thing to the Wales faithful, seeing how well the side is set up and how involved Giggs will be on the sideline could come to define his career in the Welsh dugout. Based on conversation on Twitter, he really has some work to do to get Welsh fans onside.

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