David Moyes has dismissed suggestions he has fallen out with Ryan Giggs and insisted the Welshman still has a future at Manchester United, whether it be as a player of coach.
Recent reports had suggested the Old Trafford boss had begun to marginalise Giggs after appearing to have a significant role for him on the coaching team earlier in the season. However, he moved to dismiss any suggestion there was a rift between the two.
"He's very much a part of our staff," he is quoted as saying by the Guardian in response to being asked about his relationship with Giggs.
"He's got an injury which means I'm probably going to leave him behind [for Newcastle] to see if I can get him recovered this weekend, because I need him to try to get back fit for Wednesday night.
"But Ryan is very much a part of the staff. We brought him in at the start and he's been a great help since we've been here."
One of the reasons mooted for the possible falling out or marginalising of Giggs was that Moyes and the staff he brought from Everton has closed ranks in response to the difficulties suffered this season. Manchester United are currently seventh in the Premier League and are almost certain to miss out on Champions League after some inconsistent performances.
Giggs has only played a handful of times this season but Moyes brought him back into the centre of midfield when the Red Devils looked on the verge of going out of the competition after a 2-0 defeat away to Olympiacos in the last round. Getting back into the Champions League next year is only going to happen if they can win it this year, which is unlikely as they face a second leg against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.