Giggs left feeling flat after United become the latest big team to lose to super Sunderland.
Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs said that he felt “flat” after his watching his side lose 1-0 to at home Sunderland on Saturday.
The defeat brought Giggs back down to earth with a bang, after his temporary reign at Old Trafford had got off to a dream start with a 4-0 win over Norwich City last weekend.
Not famed for his wide vocabulary, Giggs also used “flat” to describe his team’s performance.
His one-word assessment was spot on. United dominated possession, but the tempo of their passing was way too slow.
The Red Devils, who started with Javier Hernandez, supported by Juan Mata, in attack, registered just two shots on target in the entire match.
Giggs told BBC Sport: “I feel flat. The players were flat and I don’t know why. Credit to Sunderland – they are in good form, and they created the best chances. We lacked that bit of quality in the final third.
“We were putting five or 10-yard passes astray and if you do that in the Premier League you get punished. We’ve had a problem at home all season, it’s not been good enough.
He added: “The quality is still there in the dressing room, but we didn’t show it.”
Tucked away in a corner of an otherwise subdued Old Trafford were 3,000 jubilant Sunderland supporters.
The Black Cats’ victory, which came courtesy of a 30th-minute strike from Sebastian Larsson, means that Gus Poyet’s side have now taken 10 points from their last four games – a run of fixtures that also included trips to Manchester City and Chelsea.
Despite looking like certainties for relegation for most of the season, Sunderland’s status as a Premier League club for an eighth successive season will be confirmed on Sunday if Norwich City lose at Stamford Bridge.
Cardiff City and Fulham will definitely be in the Championship next season, having lost their respective fights for survival with defeats at Newcastle United and Stoke City.