Ryan Giggs denies fall-out with Moyes
MANCHESTER -- Ryan Giggs has denied he has fallen out with Manchester United manager David Moyes and said he is unsure whether he will bring his 23-year playing career to an end in the summer.
The 40-year-old, who has made a record 961 appearances for United, has only started one game since January, while suggestions emerged that his relationship with Moyes was poor.
But Giggs, who hopes to face Bayern Munich on Tuesday, is adamant that is not the case and believes that United can spring a surprise by winning the Champions League for a third time in his career.
He said: “The relationship is good. Of course, as a player you want to play all the time. I know over the last five or six years you are not going to play every game. The last game was probably my first for seven weeks but you are not sulking. There is no problem with the manager. I don’t know where that came from.”
Giggs, who debuted in March 1991, sparkled in United’s last Champions League game, the 3-0 win over Olympiakos, prompting some to suggest he could play on for another year.
He said: “I don’t know. I am just trying to enjoy this season and then at the end I will take stock and see what I want to do. I am enjoying my football as much as ever, I feel fit and then, at the end of the season, I will see what I want to do.”
Giggs accepts that United are not most people’s favourites but believes that, if fortune favours them, they can beat tournament favourites Bayern and give him a third winner’s medal, to accompany those he earned in 1999 and 2008.
He said: “Of course it is possible. You need to play well, to get that little bit of luck which probably last year we didn’t have. We were playing well [against Real Madrid] until Nani got sent off.
“Bayern are a fantastic team, they are the holders and Pep Guardiola has took over and added a few new players and [they are] favourites in most people’s eyes. But we are Manchester United and at Old Trafford we have had so many great nights. We don’t see ourselves as underdogs. We see ourselves as Manchester United playing at home.”