Ryan Giggs Urges Man United To Keep Rio Ferdinand And Patrice Evra

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Giggs wants defensive duo to be offered new contracts at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs has urged the club to do all they can to retain the services of defenders Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra this summer.

Ferdinand, 35, and Evra, 32, both have just under two months left to run on their current contracts at Old Trafford.

Giggs is unlikely to be in charge next season, with Holland boss Louis van Gaal widely expected to be named as David Moyes’ permanent successor this summer.

However, the Welshman cares deeply about the Red Devils and has held talks with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in an attempt to convince him to keep hold of two of United’s longest serving players.

“I do believe they still have a part to play [next year],” Sky Sports quote Giggs as saying. “Both their contracts are up but they have both given massive service to the club.

“They are both fit and they both looked good last week. I don’t see why not.

“Decisions on a lot of players were made four or five weeks ago. It is just a couple that are a bit up in the air. I have just given my point of view, then we will make a decision.

“The decision will be down to everyone – Rio, Patrice, Ed and whoever is the manager next year.

“It is a group discussion but I still think they have a lot to offer. They have been great players and they remain assets to a club like Manchester United.”

Ferdinand moved to Old Trafford in a £30m transfer from Leeds in July 2002. Including his appearance in today’s Premier League clash with Sunderland, he has featured in 452 first-team games for the 20-time champions of England.

The 81-time England international has won six league titles with the Red Devils, as well as two League Cups, one Champions League and one FIFA World Club Cup.

Evra, whose appearance against the Black Cats marked his 376th senior match for United, has also won 10 major trophies with the North-West giants.

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