Sunday 23 November 2014

Rift? What rift? Ryan Giggs and David Moyes take Man United training ahead of crunch clash with Olympiacos

Published 18/03/2014 | 12:23

Manchester United star Ryan Giggs has dismissed rumours of a rift between him and manager David Moyes as the pair ran the rule over players for the final time before their crunch Champions League match against Olympiacos.

Two-and-a-half weeks after a dire 2-0 defeat in Greece, United stumbled to their latest embarrassing result on Sunday when they went down 3-0 at home to bitter rivals Liverpool.

It is understood that Moyes retains the backing of the United board despite rumours that the club are considering a replacement.

Moyes has a huge task ahead of him if he is to finish in the top four of the Barclays Premier League. United are seventh in the table, some 12 points behind the Champions League qualification places with nine matches left.

The United manager has an equally difficult task ahead of him if he is to overturn the two-goal deficit at Old Trafford on Wednesday and qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition.

The United boss looks as if he will be without defenders Chris Smalling (hamstring) and Jonny Evans (calf), who both missed training on a wet morning at the AON Training Complex in Carrington.

Manchester United's manager David Moyes (L) walks past Ryan Giggs during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England March 18, 2014. United are set to play Greek side Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Manchester United's manager David Moyes (L) walks past Ryan Giggs during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England March 18, 2014
Manchester United's Ryan Giggs and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during a training session at the AON Training Complex, Manchester
Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini during a training session at the AON Training Complex, Manchester
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa (R) hugs team mate Ashley Young during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England March 18, 2014
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa (L) hugs teammate Ashley Young during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England March 18, 2014
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during a training session at the AON Training Complex, Manchester
(From L to R) Manchester United's Robin Van Persie, manager David Moyes and Ryan Giggs laugh as Darren Fletcher jumps for the ball during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England March 18, 2014
Manchester United's manager David Moyes smiles during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England March 18, 2014
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand (R) jumps for a ball as Juan Mata looks on during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex
Manchester United's manager David Moyes heads a ball during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England March 18, 2014
Manchester United's Ryan Giggs and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during a training session at the AON Training Complex, Manchester
Manchester United's Ryan Giggs during a training session at the AON Training Complex, Manchester
Manchester United manager David Moyes and Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and Manchester United's Robin van Persie during a training session at the AON Training Complex, Manchester
Manchester United's Robin van Persie during a training session at the AON Training Complex, Manchester
Manchester United's Nani jumps for a ball during a training session at the club's Carrington training complex in Manchester, northern England March 18, 2014
David Moyes puts his players through their paces

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