Ryan Giggs: Manchester United Relish Champions League Tie With Bayern Munich

Manchester United do not see themselves as “underdogs” for Tuesday’s Champions League home match with holders Bayern Munich, says player-coach Ryan Giggs.

After a disappointing start to David Moyes’s first season in charge of Manchester United, Ryan Giggs believes the current champions of England can go all the way and win the Champions League.

As well as poor on the pitch performances by players, the off the pitch antics have been monstrous with a division between fans in backing the new manager, who was hand picked by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Other United supporters felt disgruntled after heavy derby day defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. ┬áThe most disappointing for the majority of United fans was the investment in a plane banner which read ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’.

Ryan Giggs remains confident that United could pull it off, although the Reds are heavy underdogs against last season’s treble winners. Giggs made his 961st appearance for Manchester United against Olympiakos, where the Reds managed to overcome a 2-0 deficit and win 3-0 at Old Trafford, courtesy of a Robin Van Persie hat trick.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have retained the German Bundesliga under new manager Pep Guardiola with seven games remaining.

The chances of Manchester United being in the Champions League next season are slim as they are 10 points adrift of fourth place.

The injuries to key players is a concern for David Moyes and Manchester United as Robin Van Persie is out of action for upto six weeks. Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans and Rafael are all out injured whilst left back Patrice Evra is suspended.

Also, Spaniard Juan Mata is cup tied after playing for Chelsea in the competition earlier this season.

Despite the growing injury list, United manager is looking forward to meeting against Pep Guardiola for the first time.

“We have defensive issues undoubtedly, we will have to make one or two changes,” said Moyes. “We know that on our day we’re as good a side as any but we have to show it more often.

“I am really looking forward to coming up against ┬áPep Guardiola. It is the first time I have done but I have no doubt I will be doing it many times in the future.”

The first leg is going to be played at Old Trafford on Tuesday 1st April, with the return leg being at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Wednesday 9th April.

Manchester United Deny Rumours About Fallout Between David Moyes And Ryan Giggs

Manchester United have denied the rumours, which have heavily speculated that manager David Moyes fell out with player-coach Ryan Giggs after Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Giggs, 40, is the most decorated footballer to serve Manchester United, and he was left out of Moyes’s squad for the match against rivals Liverpool.

A spokesman for Manchester United said, “The story of any problems between Ryan and the manager are completely false.” Although Welshman Ryan Giggs still remains under contract for Manchester United, David Moyes appointed Giggs as part of his coaching staff since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson.

The crucial 10 days to decide Moyes’s fate as Manchester United manager included four games against rivals Liverpool and Manchester City as well as West Ham United and the second leg clash between Greeks Olympiakos.

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DAVID MOYES: Manchester United manager looks on ahead of 3-0 defeat

After being played off the park by a strong Liverpool side, Moyes faced increasing pressure of losing the job, and fans took their rage and agression to social media sites such as Twitter. Moyes is now looking to reverse a 2-0 deficit against Olympiakos at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. Journalists, pundits and fans are suggesting that the pressure of being United manager may be too big for Moyes, and that the next three games will decide his fate as manager.

Although United performed poorly, which resulted in a 3-0 defeat, the United faithful continued to sing 20 times, 20 times, 20 times to the Liverpool fans, but no support was given to the manager.

However, Moyes remains adamant that United will be able to turn the 2-0 deficit around on Wednesday night.

“The players are capable of turning it around. We’re all desperate to put things right and make sure we play better to give the supporters here something to shout about.”

As the games are now starting to come thick and fast as the business end of the season approaches us, Moyes will have to galvanise his squad and get the best out of the players in order to grind out results, which could be Moyes’s biggest matches in his managerial career.

Sir Alex Ferguson Believes David Moyes Will Be Successful At Manchester United

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes that fellow Scot David Moyes will be successful as Manchester United manager. Ferguson believes David Moyes should be given time.

After a season full of disappointment and anguish, David Moyes has been widely criticised with the job he has done so far since taking charge last summer.

United trail 18 points behind first placed Chelsea. After being knocked out of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup in the same week at Old Trafford, the Champions League is the only other competition Manchester United are in.

United still wait to face Olympiakos for the 2nd leg at Old Trafford, trying to over turn a 2-0 deficit.

But participating in European football next season is looking unlikely for Manchester United as they haven’t managed to win any domestic trophies in England and are on the verge of being eliminated from the Champions League.

Currently, United are seventh, 12 points behind fourth placed Manchester City, who have two games in hand.

It’s been a season of a few highs for David Moyes and his team. Lifting the Community Shield and acquiring the services of Spanish midfielder Juan Mata are amongst the highs.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Moyes should be given time. Ferguson became manager of Manchester United in 1986 and failed to help United win any silverware until 1990.

“It’s early days and there have been a lot of changes. He (Moyes) needs time. I was there for 27 years, so with a new manager, it takes time. But they’ll be okay.”, said Ferguson.