Ryan Giggs wasn't on the bench for Manchester United's victory against Stoke City tonight, and his non-appearance led to twitter descending into the wild speculation for which it was created.
BREAKING: Rumours Ryan Giggs has left Manchester United and is expecting to become next Celtic manager in 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/Y1CZZd24Ft
— Betfair (@Betfair) February 2, 2016
Ryan Giggs has reportedly left Man United to join Celtic as new manager. Hence he isn't at the game tonight. This is yet to be confirmed
— IG: ManUtd_SA (@ManUtd_SA) February 2, 2016
Is Giggs to Celtic based on anything but a tweet?!
And if so, has anyone told Ronny Deila?
— Rich Laverty (@RichJLaverty) February 2, 2016
No Giggs tonight at Old Trafford. Rumors are he is to become the next Celtic manager within 48 hours.
— Retro United (@RetroUnited) February 2, 2016
Giggs to boss celtic within 24h
Didn't see that coming but probably the right move.
— GMac (@Fitasealireland) February 2, 2016
The rumour was decreed as being nonsensical by the BBC's Chris McLaughlin.
The Giggs to Celtic rumour is nonsense.
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) February 2, 2016
We looked for the origin of the 'reports' and believe it to have come from this account:
BREAKING: Ryan Giggs has left Manchester United and is expected to become next Celtic manager in 48 hours.
— Jorgé Hernandez (@JHernandezEsp) February 2, 2016
It has transpired that Giggs missed the game through illness:
Giggs is ill. Not on his way to Celtic. #confirmed
— Andy Goldstein MBE (@andygoldstein05) February 2, 2016
So while United fans could have been watching their team play some genuinely excellent football against Stoke, instead they turned to their twitter feeds to fret over Giggs. The modern world, eh?