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Giggs refuses to commit to United

ESPN staff
May 2, 2014
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Ryan Giggs has refused to commit his future to Manchester United ahead of the imminent arrival of Louis van Gaal.

The Welshman admitted he is undecided about his next move and is weighing up whether to carry on playing, become a manager in his own right or accept a job in Van Gaal's coaching team.

Giggs, who is in caretaker charge for the rest of the season, is not in the running to replace the sacked David Moyes as United manager, with Van Gaal expected to be named early next week.

Despite United's strong preference for some continuity in the backroom staff, the prospective new manager - branded 'difficult' by City chief executive Ferran Soriano - wants to bring an extensive coaching staff and Giggs was not prepared to say whether he would accepted a diluted role under a new manager.

Rooney bugged by groin

Wayne Rooney scored twice in Ryan Giggs' first game in charge © Getty Images
  • Wayne Rooney is a doubt for Manchester United's game against Sunderland on Saturday while interim manager Ryan Giggs is waiting to see if Robin van Persie will be fit to make his comeback.
  • Top scorer Rooney has suffered from both a groin problem and a stomach bug this week but Giggs said the England international is keen to play.
  • Van Persie, who has been out since March with a knee injury he sustained after scoring a hat-trick against Olympiakos, has returned to training.
  • Giggs said in a news conference: "Robin has been back training, he has looked good. Whether it is too soon, we will just see.
  • "A few of the lads have had a bug, Anders Lindegaard has and Wayne has. Wayne has also got a tight groin but with the bug you have to be careful with that because the immune system is down a bit but Wayne being Wayne wants to be involved and wants to play. We will have to monitor it over the next 24 hours."

"I have a lot to think about, whether to carry on playing and my concentration is just on now," Giggs said as he prepared for his second game as interim manager, at home to Sunderland. "At the end of the season, we will see what happens.

"I have got to decide if I want to play or not so there is no point thinking if I want to be an assistant or if I want to be a manager somewhere else."

Giggs, who Michael Carrick claims has stepped up to his new role like a "natural", has made a record 962 appearances for United but did not even select himself as a substitute for his first game in charge, last Saturday's 4-0 win over Norwich.

But he said he remains in contention to figure in the three remaining matches, adding: "I am still training and doing bits and pieces so I am still in the frame for playing the remaining games or being involved in them."

Giggs is the only player to score in all 21 previous Premier League seasons but is yet to strike in the current campaign and he said: "It would be nice but I am not too bothered about that. Priorities have changed a little bit."

While Giggs is unsure if he will be at Old Trafford next season, he has been preparing for the start of next season, even though it is complicated by the issue of whether United, who are currently seventh in the Premier League, will have to play in the Europa League qualifying stages.

He said: "This week has been planning pre-season, which has been testing because we have to wait and see about the Europa League and the Q3 [third qualifying round] for that is around about the [pre-season] tour time.

"Also it is a difficult time for young players, extending contracts, renewing contracts, loan players, players that need to come back, players that need their future sorting out so there has been a lot of that this week."

United are due to play in the USA in July and Giggs admits they have a balancing act if they have Europa League qualifiers at the same time as the tour.

He explained: "It is a taxing time. It will have to be a little bit of a juggling act as a lot of the World Cup players will only just be coming back then because they will be given time off.

"It will be a mixture of maybe two teams with the World Cup players, the younger lads and the lads who don't go to the World Cup so it has given me a bit of a headache."

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