News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United take on Sunderland away this Saturday for Ryan Giggs’ second game in charge as interim manager.
In team news, striker Robin van Persie has recovered from a knee injury and could feature this weekend against the Black Cats.
However, Wayne Rooney is a concern after leaving training early on Thursday to have a scan and may not be included on Saturday, depending on the results of his assessment today.
Meanwhile, midfielder Michael Carrick has backed Giggs but insists the players don’t call him ‘Boss’ yet.
“Nah, at the moment he’s still Giggsy,” said Carrick.
“Seems the right thing to call him, not Boss yet. He’s been terrific since he took over. It’s not an easy thing stepping up from the dressing room like that. It speaks volumes for the respect he’s got that there’s not been much banter, he’s not taken any stick. He’s just naturally made that transition. There’s such respect for him within the squad, we’re trying to make it as easy as possible for him. And it’s gone great so far.”
Ryan Giggs ‘raised the possibility’ of leaving United with comments on his future in his press conference today.
"I’ve got a decision to make to decide whether or not I want to continue playing or not so there is no point thinking do I want to be an assistant or a manager somewhere else,” he stated.
"There are so many things to think about. I’m just concentrating on what I’m doing at the moment because it’s taking up a lot of my time."
Reports continue to suggest Louis van Gaal could be announced as manager in the next week at Old Trafford.
Former Germany international and Bayern Munich II coach under Louis van Gaal, Mehmet Scholl has warned United players they will find the Dutch coach ‘difficult’ and ‘strict’.
"He's very strict and severe. So the players just have the chance to follow him or they are out and he takes the next players. He's very good with young players. I think everywhere he was he had some problems with big players and the staff," explained Scholl in interview with The Guardian.
Elsewhere, United are on alert after Pep Guardiola threw doubt over his future at Bayern Munich, reportedly issuing a ‘back-me-or-sack-me’ ultimatum to the Bundesliga champions, following their Champions League exit to Real Madrid this week.
M.E.N suggests Manchester United must capitalize on the ‘unrest’ at Bayern Munich by luring the Spanish coach to Old Trafford this summer.
In transfer news, The Daily Mail reports that Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller is a target for Louis van Gaal to sign this summer and suggests the Germany international would be willing to leave the Bavarians to join the Dutch coach at Old Trafford.