Ryan Giggs Insists Local Lad Won’t Leave Manchester United

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Giggs confident that England international will stay with the Red Devils despite reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

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Manchester United interim boss Ryan Giggs is adamant that Longsight-born striker Danny Welbeck will stay at Old Trafford this summer.

The 23-year-old has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, but Giggs says he is going nowhere.

Today’s game at Southampton is expected to be Giggs’ final game in charge of the Red Devils, but, while his own future looks far from certain, the Welshman is sure that Welbeck will be retained by the club’s new manager.

“We won’t be selling him,” Sky Sports quote Giggs as saying. “We showed that the other night that bringing young players through is an important part of the club’s culture and history.

“We wouldn’t like to lose someone like Danny because he has done that, he has been here since eight or nine. So we want to keep him.”

Giggs handed first-term debuts to youngsters Tom Lawrence, 20, and James Wilson, 18, on Tuesday night. Wilson scored twice as United beat Hull City 3-1.

Welbeck, who has been capped 21 times by England at senior international level, has scored 20 league goals for United since making his debut in 2008.

He has just over two years left to run on his current contract at Old Trafford.

Giggs has confirmed that he has advised chief executive Ed Woodward to keep hold of Welbeck.

He added: “Ed has asked at different times, ‘What do you think about this or what do you think about?’

“That is part of my job as I see the players day in, day out, and I’ve seen them perform in the last few days.”

United will finish seventh in the Premier League table this season, unless they beat Southampton and sixth-placed Tottenham Hotspur lose at home to Aston Villa.

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