Updated: Wednesday, 27th August 2014 @ 5:50pm

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs set for Olympic Games but Sir Alex Ferguson puts block on other over-age players

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs set for Olympic Games but Sir Alex Ferguson puts block on other over-age players

By Mancunian Matters Staff

Sir Alex Ferguson has given veteran Manchester United star Ryan Giggs the green light to be part of Stuart Pearce's Team GB men’s football squad at the Olympic Games.

However, the United boss has blocked any moves to bring any other over-age players at the club into the squad for the spectacle in July and August.

Giggs, 38, has never played at a high-level tournament before and would be interested in taking up the chance to be one of three over-age players at the Games for GB.

United, in a telephone conversation with the FA, who are overseeing Team GB for the Games, the club ruled out Paul Scholes and Jonny Evans, who is due for surgery on his foot.

Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney have all also been ruled out, but their probable involvement at Euro 2012 would have made them unavailable.

However,Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling could be part of the Olympic squad if they are not picked for new England boss Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euros.An FA spokesman refused to confirm whether they had been contacted by United.

The prospect of a row, or even a legal battle, looks unlikely however, especially given United's acceptance that young players not involved in Euro 2012 plus Giggs can be selected.

Ferguson has also blocked Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, who has struggled for form and fitness this season, from appearing at the Games.  

Ferguson told the club's website: "His form last season was fantastic. He's found the second year more difficult, but a lot of that is down to not having a summer break for three years and playing every summer for his country.

"Next year he will be fine as we have agreed with the Mexican Football Association that he is going to get the requisite rest that he needs to perform in the Premier League."

In 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that clubs do not have to release their players after appeals from Barcelona, Werder Bremen and Schalke before the Beijing Olympics.