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Monday 15 September 2014

Euro absence will benefit United: Ryan Giggs

Last game: The agony of watching Manchester United in the hotseat

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Ryan Giggs believes a new Manchester United manager is likely to be announced within a week and feels a lack of European involvement for the club next season will benefit the incoming boss.

The 40-year-old took charge of United's final four Barclays Premier League games of the campaign following the sacking of David Moyes, culminating in a draw at St Mary's.

A second-half Juan Mata free-kick cancelled out Rickie Lambert's opener for Saints as both sides shared the points from a typical end-of-season game as Mauricio Pochettino's side finished one place below the Red Devils in eighth place.

With Giggs' own future unclear, the Welshman once again said he has several options available to him and admitted he must be quick to make a decision with the appointment of a new manager seemingly imminent.

Asked if he was any closer to knowing his immediate future, Giggs replied: "No, I'm not really.

"I'll decide within the next week. I think the managerial situation will be sorted out in the next week. (I'll) think of my own position and decide what I am going to do.

"Whether to play on or not. Whether to stay on at the staff, what position that is going to be. Whether I take a year off from football. These are the options, these are the decisions I have to make.

As he entered the press room to conduct his post-match media obligations, Giggs asked for the televisions showing Manchester City's title celebrations to be turned off.

United finished 24 points off their city rivals and missed out on securing the final Europa League qualifying berth.

That went instead to Tottenham, although Giggs reckons that could prove a blessing in disguise for the new United manager with no distractions getting in the way of a healthy domestic campaign.

"I'm quite a positive person so hopefully it will help us in our league form and we have good cup runs which we didn't this year, especially in the FA Cup," he said.

"We do well in the cups so we can get the amount of games up so everyone gets a chance – because we need to keep a squad for when we get back into Europe next year."

Southampton boss Pochettino has been linked with the Tottenham job in recent weeks but again refused to be drawn on the speculation, revealing he intends sit-down talks with the club's owners today.

"I want to say that I still have one more year on my contract," he said. "It is only normal that these rumours will start cropping up. "Tomorrow we will sit down and we will talk. This is the end of a five-year project, we have achieved what we wanted from this project and now a new project has to start.

"I have said that this club now deserves to be in a new project, the board has to decide how that happens."

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