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Stan Collymore disgraced himself in front of 1,600 fans yesterday with a four-letter outburst during Liverpool's 4-0 reserve win over Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield.

After scoring his first goal, he charged towards the stand and shouted: "You f***ing b*********."

Collymore, fined pounds 20,000 for refusing to play in the reserves at Tranmere in midweek, added a second goal and said afterwards: "Unless people know me they have a certain image of me and it's not accurate.

"If I was coming back from injury I'd expect to play in the reserves but, in my view, I couldn't win by playing for them in midweek. I would be an pounds 8.5million side-show.

"When I don't feel I've done badly in games, it would be in the best interest of the gaffer to tell me to come in and work hard on the training ground."

He denied that his refusal to play at Tranmere was an act of defiance against Roy Evans.

"I really wanted to know why I was left out for the Sion game but I didn't see the manager. Maybe if I'd gone to see him it might have cleared up things."

RYAN GIGGS handed beleaguered Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson a much-needed boost by hitting the comeback trail in style.

The Welsh wizard, sidelined for the past month with a calf injury, glided through his own 4-0 reserve win - against Forest - and then declared: "I'm on the road back."

Giggs can now set his sights on trying to lift United out of the doldrums after a traumatic three week spell in the Premiership and Europe.

And he's poised to comeback for the big games against title rivals Arsenal and the European Champions League crunch encounter with holders Juventus at Old Trafford.

Giggs admitted that he'd had one eye one the Juventus game for sometime, but he said: "It will be even better if I could get back for the Arsenal game. At this stage I'm just glad to get 90 minutes under my belt and we'll just have to take it from there.

"The calf feels okay on the whole although it tightened up a bit."

He added: "I'll train this week and then hopefully I'll be available for selection next Saturday."

Giggs set up the first two goals for Norwegian trialist Eric Neuland's hat-trick as United ran out comfortable 4-0 winners at the City Ground.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Hunter, Keith
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 10, 1996
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