Twitter in meltdown over false Ryan Giggs rumours

Ryan Giggs has not left Man Utd
Ryan Giggs has not left Man Utd

The absence of Ryan Giggs from the Manchester United bench for Tuesday night's game against Stoke sparked Twitter rumours that the Old Trafford was about to be appointed as Celtic manager - yet the tale was quickly proven to be wildly misplaced.

As tends to be the way on Twitter, a rumour quickly became fact as bookies and spurious social media accounts claimed to have inside knowledge in the imminent appointment of Giggs at Celtic.

Yet it later emerged that the Welsh legend missed the game for family reasons and not because he had walked away from Old Trafford after almost three decades of service.

MUTV confirmed after that game that Giggs was absent on compassionate grounds, sparking some quick deleting from those who had posted messages on Twitter claiming to have inside knowledge on why Giggs was absent.

This was a classic case of Twitter inventing a story and giving it space to develop, but it was not the first time and won't be the last that such a false rumour has spread like wildfire on social media.

Giggs missed one of United's best nights of the season, as they stormed to a 3-0 win against Stoke and produced one of their most impressive attacking displays on home soil for some time.

Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial (above) and Wayne Rooney were all on the score sheet for United, with Giggs' absence clearly not affecting Van Gaal's side as they kept pace with the sides ahead of them in the top four positions in the Premier League.