TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League
MATCH – Sunderland (Home) at Old Trafford
DATE & TIME – 3rd May 2014, 15:00 GMT (19:30 IST)
Pre-Match Press Conference of Ryan Giggs
Q. How much easier has this week been bearing in mind you’ve not been quite so much in the spotlight as you were this time last week?
Giggs: Yeah, it’s been good. I had a good week; training’s been good and of course, lot less hectic than last week.
Q. You’ve had a lot of support; you’ve had a lot of support from fans, you’ve had a lot of support from people inside the game. What have you been told about your future maybe as manager of Manchester United?
Giggs: Nothing’s changed. It’s just till the end of the season and we’ll chat when that’s over. But yeah, nothing’s changed for me – concentration is on Sunderland tomorrow and then after that, on the remaining two games.
Q. But whatever happens, whether Louis van Gaal is here or not, do you see your long-term future at Manchester United as part of something new?
Giggs: Again, I mean, I’ve got lots to think about – whether to carry on playing. But, my concentration is just on now really; and at the end of the season, we’ll see what happens.
Q. In terms of that, do you think you will have your suit on again on Saturday, or your tracksuit?
Giggs: Well, it’s football, pretty superstitious, so yeah, suit again, I think. Unless I’m playing.
Q. I suppose you could have your kit underneath your suit.
Giggs: Yeah, could do. But it wouldn’t be a good look, yeah (agrees with questioner).
Q. Is that you done then for this season, if you are superstitious, or could you be tempted to get that kit on again?
Giggs: No, I’m still doing training and doing bits and pieces, so I’m still in the frame and maybe playing the remaining games – or being involved in the remaining games.
Q. Ryan, could you just clarify Wayne Rooney’s situation – some people think he has a stomach bug, some people think he’s got a groin injury, most don’t think he’s going to play tomorrow – so, what’s the situation there?
Giggs: Yeah, no, a few of our lads have had a bug – Anders Lindegaard has had a bug, Wayne has. But Wayne’s also got a tight groin, so obviously, with the bug, you’ve just got to be careful with that because it means your system’s down a little bit. But, Wayne being Wayne wants to play and wants to be involved so, we’ll just monitor it over the next 24 hours.
Q. Any other injury news, Ryan that you could tell us?
Giggs: No, Robin’s been back training this week – he’s looked good. Whether tomorrow’s too early, we’ll just see how he goes today. But, yeah, he’s looked really good this week.
Q. In terms of you and playing potentially before the end of the season, who’s gonna make that decision? I mean, who’s gonna actually tell you whether you can play or are you going to make that decision yourself? Or is it a case of have you looked alright in training, and Nicky or Phil might say, “Yeah, we’ll give you a run out”?
Giggs: I don’t think they’re going to say I didn’t look good in training. But no, it’s just a case of keeping myself fit and the circumstances hopefully. Win every game, and I might not get back in – the lads would be doing well! We’ll just have to wait and see.