Ferguson backs Giggs for Olympics but unhappy with youngsters appearing

Sir Alex Ferguson has said he doesn’t want any of his key players to feature in both the European Championships and the Olympics next summer, but has backed Ryan Giggs to feature in the London games, according to ESPN.

Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are all expected to make Fabio Capello’s team for Euro 2012 and are also available for Great Britain’s Olympics team.

But the Manchester United manager doesn’t want any of his stars appearing in both competitions as it could burn them out before the new football season has even begun.

He said: “One thing I am quite clear about is that I wouldn’t like to see our young players who might be involved in Euro 2012 then selected for the Olympics.

“Manchester United might well have a direct interest with our up-and-coming youngsters like Welbeck, Jones, Smalling and Tom Cleverley now on the international scene. I welcome their involvement at international level. But if they go to the Euro finals they will need a break.

“Stuart Pearce made sense when he pointed out that a player like Ryan, who has missed out on playing in the major international tournaments with Wales, might welcome the opportunity to play in the Olympics as an over-age player.”

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