Last updated : 19 January 2003 By Editor

"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."