Ryan Giggs ready to stay another season at manchester united
Giggs aims to play on
Ryan Giggs has admitted he plans to stay at United for at least another season.
The veteran midfielder continues to shine despite reaching the ripe old age of 38 and remains a vital cog in the Reds’ machine.
In an exclusive in-depth interview in the latest edition of Inside United, the club’s official magazine, Giggs confirms he is keen to prolong his glittering career.
When asked if the aim is to play on beyond May, the former Wales international replied: “Yeah, it is at the moment. We’ll sit down pretty soon and see what we want to do but, at the moment, I feel good and I want to carry on.”
The prospect of playing into his forties brought a laugh and the response: “Now that one’s a question! You can’t see it but we’ll see.
"When that changes [having a big influence on the pitch], then that’s when I’ll want to stop.
"But I feel like I’m still an influence on and off the pitch so I’ll carry on."
Sir Alex, also speaking exclusively to Inside United, confirmed that another new deal is in the pipeline.
"We certainly hope so, yes," he replied when asked if Giggs can carry on for another year. "There has been no discernable detrioration in his play whatsoever and, in that sense, why shouldn’t he stay on another year?
"Obviously, it’s entirely up to Ryan himself but I don’t see any reason why he can’t continue."
De Gea calls in sick and Lindegaard leaves training on crutches
Manchester United’s goalkeeping crisis deepened on Monday when David de Gea called in sick and Anders Lindegaard left the training ground on crutches.
De Gea was surprisingly recalled to the United line-up in place of Lindegaard for Saturday’s FA Cup defeat at Liverpool following a four-match absence, but the young Spaniard was widely criticised for another uncertain performance.
It presented manager Sir Alex Ferguson with a difficult choice ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash with Stoke at Old Trafford, but the United manager’s options narrowed dramatically yesterday morning.
First, De Gea phoned to say that he was unwell and would not be coming in to train, then Lindegaard was injured during the session at Carrington and went home on crutches with his right foot in a protective boot.
Provided he has recovered, De Gea is expected to keep his place tonight, but third-choice Ben Amos and Tomasz Kuszczak - who last played in May - are on standby It is the latest twist in United’s goalkeeping saga this season. Ferguson has been forced to defend De Gea, having paid Atletico Madrid £17.8million in the summer to make him Edwin van der Sar’s successor as No 1 at Old Trafford. It also established the 21-year-old as the most expensive goalkeeper in British football history.
But he has struggled to adapt to the English game since, which has contrasted sharply with the displays of 27-year-old Lindegaard, a £3.5m signing from Norwegian club Aalesunds.
Ferguson, who dropped De Gea after a poor performance against Blackburn on New Year’s Eve, acknowledged that the Spaniard remains a ‘long-term project’ in an interview with Inside United magazine.
He said: 'Anders has been playing recently but we know with David it's about experiencing English football and adjusting to it. He's only 21. It's a long-term project for David, we always knew that.'
Although De Gea gave one of his better performances when United drew 1-1 at Stoke in September, there are fears over how he would cope again under bombardment from a team Ferguson likens to the old Wimbledon.
'You know what Tony Pulis's teams are like,' said Ferguson. 'They all get stuck in and you have to cope with that.
'When Wimbledon first came into our division, nobody looked forward to playing against them. Stoke have the same quality of never giving in.'
Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Nani are unlikely to be fit to return tonight but Rio Ferdinand, out for two games with a back spasm, is expected to be in the starting line-up against a Stoke team led by former United trainee Ryan Shawcross.
'I wasn't near to the first team and the manager thought it was best for me to move on,' said Shawcross.
'I don't wonder about what might have been. We will go to Old Trafford as massive underdogs but hoping to prove a point.'
Two Manchester United legends have been praising the progress of Danny Welbeck, following the striker’s latest goal in a heavyweight contest.
The 21 year-old Mancunian has started four of the Reds’ last seven games and has scored three goals in that spell, including Sunday’s winner at Arsenal. This followed, of course, his stunning strike at Manchester City’s expense, earlier this month in the FA Cup.
Speaking to ManUtd.com and United Review, Andy Cole acknowledged the way Welbeck has become a viable alternative to Javier Hernandez, while Paddy Crerand talked on MUTV about Danny’s still-continuing development.
"I think Danny’s brilliant, and it’s fantastic for his confidence that he’s starting so many big games," Cole told us.
"Javier Hernandez has been injured and has been finding it tough to repeat what he did in his first season. Sometimes your second season is your toughest, I went through that myself.
"Danny has come in and grabbed his chance with both hands and he’s playing very well. He’s playing with confidence and getting goals too."
The former United striker can see a comparison between Welbeck’s way of playing and the style which helped Cole himself to score nearly a century of goals for the Reds.
"You might say I was a bit of an old-fashioned centre forward when I played, in that I always wanted to try and run in behind defenders and get chances that way. To see Danny doing that is great.
"He can play in front of defenders as well, but when he runs in behind them he causes a lot of problems."
Crerand agreed with Cole in his assessment of Welbeck’s form, after watching from the gantry at the Emirates as Danny netted against Arsenal and went close on a few other occasions.
"He’s been terrific Danny Welbeck, he’s coming on," said Paddy.
"He’s still a young kid learning the game but he’s getting better.
"I don’t think he’s fully grown yet either. With his effort that was cleared off the line [by Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker], I’m not sure whether he clipped his own heel or not but if that hadn’t happened, the ball certainly would have ended up in the back of the net.
"The manager has shown the great faith he has in Danny by playing him."
Sir Alex Ferguson pleased with Man Utd defensive display
Sir Alex Ferguson says he is happy to just “keep on the coattails” of local rivals Manchester City after his side’s 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates keeps them three points behind the Premier League leaders.
Ferguson is full of praise for the performance of his defenders, and reserves special mention for in-form winger Antonio Valencia, who scored United’s opener and set up Danny Welbeck’s winner.