News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Plaudits and praise continues for United veteran Ryan Giggs who celebrates his 40th birthday today following his fantastic performance in midweek with the Red Devils in the their 5-0 Champions League victory at Bayer Leverkusen.
The club wished Ryan Giggs Happy Birthday via a video on their official website.
“He’s undoubtedly at the top because of his longevity and the time that he has played for just one club, the amount of games he has played in Europe and in the Premier League,” the boss explained.
“Every season, you can look at Ryan Giggs moments and to be playing so well at his age is terrific. He’s a great example to young players about how you should dedicate yourself throughout your career, and also to players who get into their early to mid-30s and think things are coming to an end. Well, if you really look after yourself and train well, you can go on for a lot longer.”
United and England legend David Beckham also wished Giggs a Happy Birthday via an interview with the BBC.
Moyes also revealed he ‘want to buy’ in January but insisted there are ‘no guarantees’ he will add to his squad in the New Year.
“Only if the right players are available and they fit exactly what we want," he explained.
"We would like to but, as always, there is no guarantee."
Manchester United take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday in the Premier League.
In team news, Robin van Persie and captain Nemanja Vidic could return for the clash with Spurs.
David Moyes could face a ‘selection dilemma’ ahead of this Sunday. After such a strong result in midweek, the boss could be tempted to stick rather twist with his starting line-up but, given the fixtures coming up, he may opt to rotate somewhat.
The available players for the boss to select from his registered squad are:
De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Vidic, Fabio, Valencia, Nani, Jones, Fellaini, Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Young, Zaha, Januzaj, Van Persie, Kagawa, Rooney, Hernandez.
My colleague Vincent Ralph has predicted the starting line-up as:
De Gea, Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Jones, Giggs, Valencia, Nani, Kagawa, Rooney
The Red Devils are unbeaten in 11 games now in all competitions, having taken 14 points from a possible 18 in the Premier League – Tottenham, conversely, were beaten 6-0 by Manchester City in their previous league fixture and will be hoping to bounce back at home to the champions.
Vice-captain Patrice Evra has ‘warned’ critics to wait until the end of the season to judge the champions rather than ‘write them off’ early on.
In transfer news, The Guardian reports on rumours Germany star Marco Reus could sign for United in January from Borussia Dortmund.
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