Ryan Giggs appointed interim boss of Manchester United

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In their time of need Manchester United have turned to their most decorated player.

Ryan Giggs is now the manager of Man United on a temporary basis.

Giggs, 40, is still part of the Red Devils’ playing squad as the man who has won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions League winner’s medals at Old Trafford will now lead the club as manager for the rest of the season. United’s remaining games are against Norwich City, Sunderland, Hull City and Southampton.

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The Welshman who has played 962 times for United, scoring 168 goals as a winger, will now help to soften the blow of Moyes’ shock departure. Giggs is currently getting his UEFA Pro license as a coach and has been Moyes’ assistant while still appearing 21 times as a player in the 2013-14 season.

United released the following statement on their website, as Giggs take charge on an interim basis.

“Following the departure of David Moyes as manager, Manchester United has announced that Ryan Giggs, the club’s most decorated player, will assume responsibility for the first team until a permanent appointment can be made. The club will make no further comment on this process until it is concluded.”

Many fans and pundit would love to see Giggs given the job on a permanent basis, as the man who made his first team debut in 1990 as a 17-year-old has been the only constant throughout all of the Red Devils’ success in the last 25 years.

Giggs is respected by the players and his pedigree as a professional speaks for itself. He holds the record for PL appearances, 631, and has scored at least one goal in every single PL campaign.

Can the man who was meant to assist Moyes now take over on a full time basis?

United could probably do a lot worse, but with the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Diego Simeone and Louis van Gaal rumored to be at the top of United’s shortlist, it seems likely that a more experienced coach with renowned success in Europe will come in and take charge to try and revive the Red Devils. That said, the ship is in safe hands with Giggs in charge for the remainder of this campaign.

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Defoe walks out Bradley Lowery, scores in England win

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Jermain Defoe’s friendship with terminally-ill Bradley Lowery has been special to watch unfold, and the Sunderland striker brought his little buddy to Wembley today.

Then he notched a match-winner.

Lowery walked Defoe out onto the field in a replica England kit before Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, and then Defoe scored his 20th goal for country.

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It was his first since 2013, the last year Defoe was called up for the Three Lions.

Here’s the goal, which was followed by a second-half Jamie Vardy tally as England stayed atop Group F with a 2-0 win over Lithuania.

Two Russian soccer fans stabbed in Serbia

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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Two Russian fans have been hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed following a friendly soccer match between Red Star Belgrade and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said Sunday police were looking for the knife-wielding perpetrators who attacked a group of Lokomotiv fans in downtown Belgrade late Saturday.

Serbian media reports said the Russian fans were attacked by supporters of Red Star’s rival Partizan Belgrade.

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The match, which Red Star won 2-1, was meant to promote Serbia’s traditional friendship with Russia.

Stefanovic says “nobody should think they could hurt the Serbian-Russian friendship” with such attacks.

Serbia has seen a surge of fan violence inside and outside stadiums. In 2009, a French football fan was fatally beaten in Belgrade.

VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid

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Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.

The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).

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Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.

Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.

On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).

Ozil bristles at talk of Arsenal selling him

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Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.

The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.

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Ozil was not called up by Germany, and has missed four of his last nine Premier League matches. Three of those were for illness, and he missed last week’s loss to West Brom with a hamstring injury.

From Metro:

“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.

“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”

Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.