United morning news: Club in ‘pole position’ for teen & Giggs' advice for van Gaal

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A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United

Manchester United face Southampton this afternoon in their final game of a disappointing season. It is also likely to be Ryan Giggs’ last match in charge – at least for a while – with Louis van Gaal reportedly on the verge of taking over this summer.

But for now this is Giggs’ team, and in early match-day news, the BBC reports that Phil Jones is doubtful after being injured in the midweek game against Hull City.

However, Rio Ferdinand is hopeful of playing what could be his last match in a United shirt, with Nemanja Vidic definitely bidding farewell at the final whistle.

In other news, the Daily Mail reports that Giggs has advised van Gaal to keep the Class of ’92 at the club in a coaching capacity if and when he takes charge. However, it will ultimately be the Dutch coach’s decision who remains and who leaves.

In transfer news, the Star on Sunday claims United remain the favourites to sign Southampton left-back Luke Shaw this summer.

The teenager is also said to be on the radar of both Liverpool and Chelsea among others, but the report claims United remain in “pole position”.

It does however add that they are considering alternatives, with Monaco’s Layvin Kurzawa mentioned.

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