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Moyes risks fans’ backlash over Giggs’ situation

Ryan-GiggsDavid Moyes could suffer a sever backlash from Manchester United fans if, has it has widely been reported today, he decides to bring Ryan Giggs’ career at Old Trafford to an end after 23 years and 961 appearances in a red shirt.

Rumours that Giggs and Moyes do not see eye-to-eye and that the former has become disillusioned with the latter’s methods in training and with his tactical approach have grown louder in recent weeks, despite Giggs’ swift denial in yesterday’s press conference of any rift existing between him and his manager.

“There is no problem with the manager. I don’t know where that came from,” said Giggsy.

“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. I normally play every two or three weeks to get the best out of me.

“The last game was probably my first for seven weeks but you are not sulking, you just have to be ready to play your best for the team.”

Moyes, however, is apparently considering not renewing Giggs’ contract for another year. Last season Giggsy signed a new 12-month contract on March 1, while in the previous two campaigns he had put pen to paper on a new deal on March 8 and February 16, respectively.

The news that Moyes is not prepared to extend Giggs’ contract – whether as a player or as a coach – is largely unexpected news, but perhaps not as surprising as it’d seem at first glance, given that it’s obvious all is not well between the two. Giggs has seen his involvement on the pitch limited this season and while it’s understandable that a 40-year-old might not be called upon week in, week out, his omission has been baffling, given the paucity of options at Moyes’ disposal.

Furthermore, as reported by the Guardian today, Giggsy has also been made a largely peripheral figure in training, following up the rumour published by Red Issue, according to which he no longer attends meetings with the rest of the coaching staff.

Up until last month, the majority of United fans have backed David Moyes almost unanimously but with the United manager coming under intense pressure after successive humiliations at home against Liverpool and Manchester City, the tide has clearly turned and the decision to severe ties with Giggs, if proved true, will only land Moyes in even more troubles.

He increasingly looks like a man who’s determined to be digging his own grave.