Braces from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata gave Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs the perfect start to his tenure with a 4-0 thumping of relegation strugglers Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
The Welshman, who succeeded David Moyes on a temporary basis on Tuesday, watched as his side displayed the pace and enthusiasm so often missing this season to lift their charge towards a place in next seasons Europa league.
As the first half fizzled out into its dying embers, Steven Whittaker dragged Danny Welbeck down inside the penalty box in the 41st minute to give Rooney the chance to open the scoring, which he duly did with a clinical spot-kick.
The England forward doubled the lead three minutes into the second half, unleashing a shot from distance that bent beyond Ruddy and into the right hand corner of the net. Giggs remained a composed figure on the touchline.
Substitute Juan Mata then displayed his predatory instincts with two goals from crosses by Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia to wrap up a convincing victory from the Old Trafford side.
A fast United start where they tore through Norwich with vigour yielded very little chances, with Danny Welbeck and Valencia stinging the palms of the Norwich goalkeeper early on.
The second goal that suffocated any resistance from the away side led to an inevitable onslaught, with Nemanja Vidic nodding over and Ashley Young blasting inches wide.
Ruddy denied Rooney the chance of a hat-trick with another good stop, whilst there was time for David De Gea to keep out both Robert Snodgrass and Bradley Johnson who tested the Spaniard with shots from range.
Leroy Fer stung the United crossbar before Javier Hernandez sliced horrifically wide with the goal at his mercy.
All in all it was the perfect start for Giggs and his side as they look to build some late season momentum to offer a glimpse of a brighter future that was never evident under his Scottish predecessor.
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