Ryan Giggs super injunction scandal brshed off by Alex Ferguson

24 May 2011 10:22
ShareSir Alex Ferguson refused to wade into Ryan Giggs' super-injunction storm despite fears over whether the Manchester United veteran should start the Champions League final.

Giggs was missing from the opening training session at Carrington on Tuesday morning, although this is thought to be down to avoiding photographers.

Ferguson is determined to play Giggs from the first whistle at Wembley on Saturday night even though the midfielder faces the huge distraction of being the most-talked about man in the country.

Giggs was named in Parliament on Monday as the footballer who obtained a High Court injunction to prevent details of an affair with former Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas being madepublic.

Job to do: Giggs arrives at Manchester United's Carrington training ground on Tuesday morning

Outed: Ryan Giggs (left) and former Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas, who was spotted on Monday night

He spoke to his manager on Monday, when his state of mind was assessed - and Ferguson is ready to play him against Barcelona as they chase their third European Cup.Ferguson wanted to know if Giggs was prepared to face Barcelona - and was told: 'Yes'.

At Tuesday's press conference to preview the final, Ferguson was asked about the importance of Giggs to his team.

However, it was immediately obvious the United boss was not interested in discussing the Welshman, only saying: 'All the players are important to us.'

Keeping quiet: Sir Alex Ferguson refused to be drawn on Ryan Giggs

The midfield linchpin wants to play asmall part in Gary Neville's testimonial on Tuesday night at Old Trafford. Ferguson may allow Giggs a cameo appearance after not playing in Sunday's 4-2 win against Blackpool.

It is understood the United manager, who has been watching Giggs' demeanour and form since the scandal broke,is satisfied his longest-serving player remains in the right frame of mind to play.

Ferguson, who won the Manager of the Year award and two others at Monday night's League Managers' Association dinner, said: 'The media is a difficult beast to handle these days with the profile of the players.'

As United count down to their meeting with Barcelona at Wembley, Giggs was named in the House of Commons by Liberal Democrat MP John Hemmings.

United front: Giggs celebrating his side's title triumph with his children Zach and Libby at Old Trafford

He used parliamentary privilege to name the star saying 75,000 people had already outed him on Twitter.

Naming Giggs he added that it would be 'impracticable' to prison everyone on the website who had previously tweeted his identity.

Speaker John Bercow immediately leapt out of his seat and rebuked Mr Hemmings in an effort to try and protect the Manchester United player's identity.

Following the revelation thousands of people once again took to Twitter to spread word Giggs had finally been outed.

Controversy: Manchester United star Giggs with his wife Stacey last week

Giggs had mounted a desperate campaign to keep his name secret, not only taking out an injunction but also threatening to sue Twitter users for leaking his name.

The player's face was published by the Glasgow-based Sunday Herald and India's leading newspaper the Times Of India printed a picture of the footballer and used his name three times in a report about the injunction.

Despite the scandal, Ferguson is likely to stick with Giggs for Saturday's crunch clash with Barcelona.

The one selection issue facing Ferguson is whether to start Javier Hernandez or an extra midfielder, with the Mexico striker favourite to get the nod at present.

Eyes on the prize: Evra (left) says he was persuaded to stay at Old Trafford by Sir Alex

Meanwhile, Ferguson does not believe Barcelona's status as favourites ahead of the final offers them any advantage.

Manchester United find themselves in the rare position of being underdogs for Saturday's  showpiece, even though they have just claimed a record 19th league title.

However, with memories of the one-sided encounter in Rome two years ago when the Catalans eased to victory, it is Barca who are expected to win.

'There is no advantage,' declared Ferguson. It doesn't matter. We don't decide those things. I know my players will be ready.'

Ferguson believes concentration will be the key to an improved outcome. He prefers to dwell on the two meetings with Barcelona in the 2008 semi-final, when United were able to keep a pair of clean sheets, as the template his side must work towards.

Life on the big screen: Ferguson receives his Manager of the Year award from David Gill on video-link

'We showed fantastic concentration in those two ties,' said Ferguson. 'That is the key for us. It is an important issue in terms of Saturday.'

Ferguson, whilst recognising Lionel Messi's brilliance, is refusing to single out the Argentina star for special attention.

'We have played against Barcelona three times with Messi in the team,' he said. 'But there is always a solution to every good player. Hopefully we can find one on Saturday.

'They have other good players though, and so do we. That is why it is such an appealing game. I am sure Barcelona are aware of that.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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