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Manchester United deny reports of rift between David Moyes and Ryan Giggs

There were claims the player-coach vented his frustration after the defeat to Liverpool

Manchester United have denied reports of a rift between manager David Moyes and Ryan Giggs.

The United veteran was left out of the squad for the humiliating 3-0 loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday and reports emerged that suggested the pair had fallen out. There were also claims the two clashed after the match.

However, United have been quick to dismiss the rumours. A club spokesman is quoted by the Sun as saying: "The story of any problems between Ryan and the manager are completely false."

The reports will be unhelpful to Moyes who had only just buried claims that he and striker Robin van Persie were not pulling in the same direction. There has also been claims of divisions with other players since he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson, including Wilfried Zaha and Wayne Rooney.

Giggs was given an official coaching role by Moyes soon after the former Everton boss arrived at Old Trafford. However, his role on the pitch has become much more periphery since the departure of Ferguson, with the 40-year-old appearing just three times since the turn of the year.


However, Giggs could be called upon this week as Moyes looks to salvage something from a disastrous season when his side take on Olympiakos. United must overturn a 2-0 defeat suffered in the first-leg when they play the Greek side at Old Trafford on Wednesday.