Friday 22 September 2017

Moyes hints at new Giggs deal

David Moyes has suggested that Ryan Giggs will be offered a one-year deal at Manchester United to take him past his 41st birthday.

Giggs will turn 40 on Friday but the United manager said there was no reason why he should quit after his current deal expires, if the Welshman wants to carry on playing.

"He doesn't look like someone who is going to drop considerably," Moyes said. "He has made the first step into coaching and management and sometimes when you do that you say: 'Actually I have had enough of playing now'. He doesn't look as if he is at that point yet, so who knows? At his age you don't consider it six months before."

Meanwhile, United are expected to launch a fresh bid in the January transfer window for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, who they attempted to sign in August.

United offered £20m plus £3m in add-ons in August and are not expected to offer more in January. Moyes is aware of his need to strengthen. "We felt in the summer we would have like to have got a couple in to midfield and we only added one so it is an area we need to look at," Moyes added.

INIESTA HELPS BARCA GO CLEAR

An under-strength Barcelona side consolidated top spot in the Primera Division yesterday with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Granada at the Nou Camp.

Two first-half penalties, from captain Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, set the champions on their way and Alexis Sanchez put the result beyond doubt 19 minutes from time – soon after the visitors had lost midfielder Manuel Iturra to a red card.

Pedro added a fourth in the final minute to complete the rout as Barca moved provisionally six points clear at the summit.

GOETZE BACK TO SINK DORTMUND

Mario Goetze scored on his return to Borussia Dortmund, the club where he began his career, to set their bitter rivals Bayern Munich on their way to a 3-0 win in the clash of Germany's top two sides.

Goetze stabbed the ball home in the 66th minute, only 10 minutes after coming on as a sub to a resounding chorus of jeers, as the Bavarians enjoyed their first league win over Dortmund since 2010.

Arjen Robben sealed their win with five minutes left and Thomas Mueller side-footed in a third to complete a demoralising evening for Dortmund.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen moved into second place in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 at Hertha Berlin when Stefan Kiessling struck just shy of the half-hour mark.

KARANKA HAILS BATTLING BORO

Aitor Karanka shrugged off Middlesbrough's defeat in his first game in charge and hailed the attitude of his players as they battled with 10 men against Leeds.

The former Real Madrid defender saw goalkeeper Jason Steele sent off shortly before the interval but was happy with his side's display in the 2-1 loss at Elland Road and is now convinced they can climb the Championship table

"It would have been better if we had won, but I am happy because we played very well when we were down to 10 players," Karanka said. "I have had just 10 days with the players but they have shown a good attitude and with that we can build."

NUGENT BRACE SINKS IPSWICH

David Nugent's incredible run over Ipswich continued as his two goals in six second-half minutes proved the difference in Leicester's 2-1 win at Portman Road.

The home side made a storming start when top scorer David McGoldrick's 25-yard shot went under Kasper Schmeichel with less than two minutes gone.

But the Foxes responded brilliantly with Nugent twice capitalising on the flying Lloyd Dyer's build-up play to make it an amazing 13 goals in 12 matches against the Suffolk side.

READING FUME OVER DIVE CLAIM

Nigel Adkins was disappointed that the referee failed to award Reading an "obvious" penalty as they fought to a 0-0 draw at Blackburn in the Championship.

On 52 minutes Chris Gunter was scythed down by Grant Hanley in the area but instead of getting the spot kick, Gunter was booked by referee Geoff Eltringham – and the yellow card upset Royals boss Adkins even more. "It was a penalty," he said.

"The referee gives the decision and you've got to get on with it. The frustrating thing is we've got a player in Chris Gunter who's as honest as the day is long and he's got a booking which is totally wrong. We can't appeal it, can't get it rescind it and it could affect us later on in the season."

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