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Ryan Giggs among favourites for Swansea City job

Ryan Giggs could be about to become Swansea's new manager. Credit: PA Wire

Ryan Giggs would have to cast aside differences with the Swansea board if he is to succeed Bob Bradley at the Liberty Stadium.

Giggs has emerged as one of the early favourites to become the next Swansea manager after Bradley's 85-day tenure came to an end on Tuesday evening.

But the former Manchester United assistant manager criticised the Swansea board after he was overlooked for the job in October.

Giggs was confident of landing his first permanent post in management after speaking to club chairman Huw Jenkins, but it was said that an underwhelming interview scuppered the chances of the former Wales captain.

"I met with them a couple of times but in the end there was just mixed messages from the football side and the ownership side of the club," Giggs told ITV after losing out to Bradley.

"I just felt their ambitions did not really match mine, so it didn't quite work out."

Giggs spent two years working as an assistant manager for Louis Van Gaal. Credit: PA Wire

Giggs later wrote in his Daily Telegraph column: "I was invited to meet Huw Jenkins and visited him at his house.

"We got on well and after that Huw asked me to meet the club's new majority owners, the American investors Jason Levien and Stephen Kaplan in London.

"I worked with an analyst and put together a presentation on Swansea and the clubs they were facing in the weeks ahead.

"Stephen, Jason and Huw asked to keep the presentation and told me they would be in touch. It was a positive meeting and I felt confident that I could do a good job at Swansea.

"There were certain things that happened after that meeting which suggested to me that Swansea would not be the best fit."

Bradley's 11-game reign came to an end after the 4-1 Boxing Day home defeat to West Ham had supporters calling for the American to be dismissed.

Swansea are keen to make a swift appointment with the club four points from safety in 19th place and the January transfer window set to open in a few days' time.

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Mourinho backs 'clean' Marcos Rojo

Jose Mourinho insisted defender Marcos Rojo is a clean player after Manchester United's 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace.

The Argentinian defender was in hot water once again after another two footed tackle on Wilfried Zaha in the first half at Selhurst Park. The centre-back committed a similar offence against Everton in United's last away game in the league.

However Jose Mourinho was quick to backup his man in a press conference after the game.

The game was full of controversy. United's opening goal came courtesy of a possible handball by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However the second half United were denied what appeared to be a clear penalty after Palace's Joe Ledley handled the ball in the area. Juan Mata also saw his goal disallowed for a questionable offside.

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Rio Ferdinand donates £500,000 of toys in time for Christmas

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has become a real-life Santa Claus - donating a massive £500,000 worth of toys in a bid to prevent any children going without a present on Christmas Day.

Former Reds captain Rio has made the stunning donation on behalf of himself and his Manchester restaurant Rosso to Key 103’s Cash for Kids campaign.

Rio Ferdinand is bringing festive cheer to thousands of children in the North West Credit: MEN syndication

Father-of-three Rio made the donation after seeing first hand the good work of the Manchester radio station’s charity. He said he couldn't bear to think of any child going without a Christmas present.

The donation was made last week - with a huge pile of children's toys making their way to the Mission Christmas warehouse, where they will now be distributed to children in need.

Rio Ferdinand Credit: PA

As a father myself I couldn’t see children going without opening a present this Christmas Day. Me and the guys at Rosso have seen what's been going on in the city, and with obviously it being Christmas we know there are a lot of people less fortunate than we are so we've decided to donate £500,000 worth of toys and gifts. But Manchester has got to get behind what we are doing, everyone can get involved and donate what they can.

– Rio Ferdinand
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