Despite Ryan Giggs’ flying start to his caretaker manager stint at Old Trafford in relief of David Moyes, it could be all for naught.
Manchester United convincingly took down Norwich City 4-0 in Giggs’ debut, leaving some to consider him for the permanent job despite having zero managerial experience.
However, according to a report in the Manchester Evening News, Giggs will not be considered as a candidate for the permanent job this summer even if he wins all his remaining games.
Manchester United finish up the season with matches against Sunderland, Hull City, and Southampton.
A report yesterday from Dutch paper De Telegraaf said United have already reached an agreement with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, with the Dutchman taking over at the conclusion of the World Cup.
Even if that report is false, it would appear the brass at Manchester United want someone with serious experience, which van Gaal offers and Giggs does not.
Despite the lack of experience as a manager, Giggs has always been thought of as a bright soccer mind, and knows the inner workings of Old Trafford like the back of his hand, with 871 senior appearances for Manchester United over the course of a 22-year career.
Some fans threw their support behind Giggs during the Norwich match with a banner reading “Ryan Giggs, the real chosen one”, and United midfielder Juan Mata said he supports their new interim manager.
“He was very successful here as a player and now he is leading the team,” Mata said. “We are all happy because who is better to do it?”
Los Angeles FC selected five players in the MLS Expansion Draft, including Costa Rican national team star Marco Urena.
Whether they’ll make their way to the City of Angels is another story.
The first pick from general manager John Thorrington was goalkeeper Tyler Miller from Seattle Sounders.
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Going next was Latif Blessing from Sporting KC, an electric attacker who netted thrice with an assist last season.
Next was Urena from San Jose and the Costa Rican national team, a huge addition, and then Columbus left back Jukka Raitala before closing up the draft with Raheem Edwards from Toronto FC.
LAFC has already announced the signings or acquisitions of Carlos Vela, Walker Zimmerman, Carlos Alvarez, Monday Etim, and Guillermo Vizcarra.
The club will also loan Omar Gaber from Basel and Rodrigo Pacheco from Lanus.
Chelsea visits the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town in one of three Premier League fixtures this chilly Tuesday in December (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
The Blues are now 14 points back of Manchester City, and three points clear of fifth place.
Meanwhile there are a pair of matches on NBC Sports Gold: Burnley looks to keep pace with its Top Four ambitions when it hosts struggling Stoke City, while in-form Crystal Palace seeks a home win that would move it out of the drop zone. In its way? Dangerous, attack-minded Watford.
Burnley vs. Stoke City — 2:45 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]
Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]
Crystal Palace vs. Watford — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]
ZURICH (AP) FIFA has banned Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona for five matches for making a discriminatory gesture with his eyes toward a South Korean opponent.
FIFA will allow Cardona to serve the ban in friendly games, so he should be available for Colombia’s World Cup opener against Japan on June 19.
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Cardona has also been fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,150) because of the incident last month in a friendly in Seoul.
Cardona apologized at the time, saying he “didn’t mean to disrespect anyone, a country or a race, but if anyone felt offended, or interpreted it in that way, I am sorry.”
Spurs finally got a bit of good news this weekend with a blowout of Stoke City.
That was a followed by a tough draw against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, and bad news on an old injury.
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Center back Toby Alderweireld is going to be gone into February, extending his time on the sidelines with a hamstring injury suffered Nov. 1 against Real Madrid.
Spurs were 6-2-2 in league when Alderweireld went down, and are just 2-2-2 since the injury. The Belgian has missed losses at Arsenal and Leicester, draws against Watford and West Brom, and wins over Crystal Palace and Stoke.
Tottenham did win both of its UCL matches since the injury.