Saturday 21 April 2018

Ryan Giggs to join Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football for Liverpool-United clash

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs

Callum Davis

Ryan Giggs is set to appear as a special guest on Monday Night Football ahead of Manchester United's clash with Liverpool next week.

The former Manchester United winger will join regular pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville for Sky Sports' coverage of the game from Anfield.

The 42-year-old has been made a number of appearances as a pundit on ITVs coverage of international football and the Champions League.

Giggs becomes the second high-profile name to be invited onto the programme after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp impressed viewers with his insight into Burnely's 2-0 win over Watford in September.

Giggs has not been involved in professional football since he decided to leave Manchester United following the arrival of Jose Mourinho in July.

The Welsh international admitted he had interviewed for the vacant Swansea City job before former USA coach Bob Bradley was unveiled as Francesco Guidolin's replacement.

Speaking as a pundit for ITV's coverage of England vs Malta last week, Giggs said the club's ambitions did not match his own.

“There I was enjoying my year out and I get the call off Swansea. I met with them a couple of times but in the end there was just mixed messages from the football side and the ownership side of the club,” said Giggs.

“I just felt their ambitions did not really match mine, so it didn’t quite work out.”

Manchester United and Liverpool meet on Monday for the first time since their two-legged Europa League tie that ended in both clubs receiving Uefa charges for crowd violence.

Ahead of the game, both clubs have issued a joint statement imploring fans to abstain from crowd violence.

“Both clubs, their supporters and football fans around the world are looking forward to this historic and passionate match between two of the sport’s biggest and oldest rivals.

“There is great rivalry between our fans and we ask all supporters to be respectful and help eradicate all forms of offensive and discriminatory behaviour from the game.

“If any supporters are found to be engaged in any form of offensive or discriminatory behaviour by stewards or via CCTV then they will be immediately removed from the stadium, risk arrest, prosecution and be reported in accordance with the club’s ground regulations. This is an unrivalled fixture in the Premier League calendar and we thank all fans for their continued support in this important area of the game.”

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