Tuesday 16 January 2018

Ryan Giggs admits that he may leave Manchester United

Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs leaves the pitch after his teams 1-0 defeat to Sunderland
Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs leaves the pitch after his teams 1-0 defeat to Sunderland

Manchester United interim boss Ryan Giggs has admitted he may have to leave Old Trafford to forward his managerial ambitions.

The 40-year-old, who last played for United in early April, made his debut as a 17-year-old in 1991 and has won 34 trophies at the club.

He ruled out playing for another team but on managing someone else, he said: "You can never say yes or no.

“It would be strange,” Giggs admitted of going to another club.

“I’ve been extremely lucky that I’ve only worked at United and I’ve done my best. If I went elsewhere I would do exactly the same. It would be strange but I don’t see it that ‘you can’t do it’.

"I'm still a young man in relative terms in management."

Amid speculation that Louis van Gaal is set to be installed as United manager, Giggs said he would consider playing for another season at the club if the new boss offered to extend his current contract, which expires at the end of June.

"It's my decision and whoever comes in, if they want me," he said.

Giggs would be forgiven for having no pride in his players after their 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at Old Trafford yesterday.

United lacked tempo, their passing was poor and they could not find a way through a defence that has shipped 57 goals this season.

The feel-good bubble that surrounded Old Trafford following the interim appointment of Giggs and his fellow Class of '92 graduates has now burst.

"I feel flat, the players were a bit flat, and I don't know why," the Welshman said.

"We controlled possession but we just lacked that quality in the final third, and concentration."

United have now lost seven times at Old Trafford this year. Stoke, West Brom and Norwich have better home records.

For a man who is used to winning game after game at Old Trafford, Giggs admits such a poor record is hard to take.

"We have shown good form away from home but at Old Trafford seems to have been a problem," the 40-year-old said.

"In past seasons there would be waves and waves of shots and saves and you could always sense a goal was coming but this season it doesn't seem to have happened."

Wayne Rooney may take to the field on Tuesday after he was left out against Sunderland due to a groin problem, though.

"We will keep monitoring him and see how he is for Tuesday," Giggs said.

"Hopefully he will be back."

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