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Usually for a footballer, being left out of the matchday squad is a bad thing, but for Ryan Giggs, time spent in the stands on Saturday was surely welcome.
His exclusion from the team strongly hinted that Sir Alex is planning to start the Welshman against Real.
Giggs has been in stellar form this year, displaying the kind of energy and enthusiasm that defies his rapidly accelerating age.
With United's attacking midfield three midweek likely to be Kagawa, Rooney and either Valencia or Nani, this means Giggs could very well line up alongside Michael Carrick in central midfield.
This would be unfortunate for both Tom Cleverley and Anderson, but who's to argue with Sir Alex?
What else did you learn from the 4-0 win? Who impressed you the most?