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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

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Giggs query earns journalist Fergie ban

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been caught on camera ordering his press officer to ban a reporter who asked a seemingly innocuous question about Ryan Giggs.

Fergie attempts to ban journalist

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Giggs' face was splashed all over the English press on Tuesday after he was named by MP John Hemmings in the House of Commons as the Premier League footballer who has taken out a gagging order to prevent information about an alleged affair with a reality TV star coming out in the media.

While no journalists questioned Ferguson directly on the Giggs injunction row, having been advised that the Champions League final should be the only topic addressed, Associated Press reporter Rob Harris asked about the Welshman's importance to the side in this Saturday's Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley.

"The most experienced Champions League player in the team is obviously Ryan Giggs," Harris said. "How important is he for the team on Saturday?"

A clearly unhappy Ferguson responded sharply: "All the players are important, every one of them."

The United manager was overhead moments later whispering to the club's press officer Karen Shotbolt about the question from Harris.

After establishing the journalist in question, Ferguson asked Shotbolt to ensure Harris is banned if he attends United's final pre-match press conference on Friday.