"The players haven't spoken out over it because you are adding to something which doesn't warrant a mention.
"I don't feel the need to defend one of the best and most successful players Manchester United have ever had," PN told MUTV.
And Fergie goes on:
"He has had a couple of indifferent performances by his own standards, but over the course of a whole season every player gets that.
"He had an injury which meant he couldn't play last week, so the answer lies with Ryan."