WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

15/05/2013 08:26

Papers: Ryan's new role?

David McDonnell writes in The Mirror...

Coach trip: United will offer Ryan Giggs new role


Ryan Giggs is set to be offered a coaching role at Manchester United by new boss David Moyes. Moyes, who officially takes over from Sir Alex Ferguson on July 1, wants Giggs to combine a playing and coaching role in what is expected to be the United legend's final season in the first-team. Incoming boss Moyes wants to get the most out of the unique experience and enduring popularity of Giggs in the Reds' dressing-room to ensure the transition from Ferguson to him is as seamless as possible. Giggs, who turns 40 in November, has signed a one-year extension to play on for United next season but is expected to play a peripheral role, with more emphasis on him helping out behind the scenes as Moyes settles in at Old Trafford. Midfield legend Giggs, who picked up his 13th Premier League winner's medal following United's latest title triumph, has completed his coaching badges and is understood to be ready to take up a coaching role under Moyes, only playing occasionally next season. Moyes sees Giggs as an invaluable link to the United dressing-rooom and is also said to want to find a coaching role for midfielder Paul Scholes, who retired from playing for the second time on Sunday following Ferguson's farewell game at Old Trafford.

The Times claims that Wayne Rooney "is likely to perform a dramatic about-turn by committing his future to Manchester United under David Moyes." The paper adds: "The player is believed to view the appointment of Moyes as a chance to reinvigorate his career at Old Trafford. Rooney is expected to hold talks with Moyes next week, when the incoming United manager will begin work."

Since Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Rooney had a transfer request refused, the UK press has talked up various possible moves across Europe. But the sports pages today carry quotes from Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer stating that the Bundesliga giants will not make a move for the striker. "We have great respect for Wayne Rooney but there has been no contact with him," says Sammer. "There is no contact and he's not on the agenda. No, no. Absolutely not."

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