Ryan Giggs was a noticeable absentee as Manchester United secured an emphatic 3-0 victory over Stoke City on Tuesday night.
The Welshman, who has been prominent in the Old Trafford dugout under the Louis van Gaal regime, missed one of United's finest displays of the season as goals from Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney handed the Red Devils all three points.
The Mirror claim that Giggs was granted leave by Van Gaal because of a family illness, so it remains to be seen as to whether the club legend will take his place alongside the manager when United travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday.
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Giggs, of course, has long been linked with the top job in Manchester - he managed the club for four games at the end of the David Moyes era - and he has certainly gained a great deal of experience over the last few years.
There is a notion, however, that he's not quite ready for the job, but the United hierarchy may well have to take a risk on him sooner rather than later.
Ultimately, things just haven't gone to plan for Van Gaal recently. United may well have impressed in their last two outings - as well as beating Stoke, they secured a comfortable 3-1 win over Championship outfit Deby County in the FA Cup - but there is still a long way to go in pursuit of redemption.
Currently sitting in fifth place in the Premier League, it's not going to be easy for the Red Devils to secure a place in next season's Champions League competition. A win in west London on Sunday will hand them a major boost.
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