ManUtd.com assesses a first-team stalwart, with the help of a former United player…
For the unwaveringly driven Ryan Giggs, the hunger to play and desire to be successful has never dimmed.
You could ask: what is there left to achieve for a player who last season ended a nine-year wait for a second Champions League trophy and clinched a tenth league title?
But if you’ve followed the Reds’ recently, you’ll know United’s no.11 is as fit as anybody at the club. He’s perhaps no longer the “cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind”, as Sir Alex so succinctly put his first sighting of a young Giggs. But none of the gusto has gone. He’s cannier with his movement, and wiser at conserving energy. Ryan turns 35 in November, but ex-Red Lou Macari says there’s no stopping this force of nature.
“Each season you look for a sign that Ryan has lost a bit of movement or quality in his play,” says Lou. “But it never ceases to amaze me, there’s very little change at all. We’ve been privileged to watch those electric runs down the wing for a long time. There’s no denying that you slow down as you get older but, I have to say, Ryan’s not slowing down as quickly as most. I don’t know what his secret is, but if you could buy it he’d earn a fortune!
Appearances / Goals
Premier League 469(66) / 101
FA Cup 55(7) / 10
League Cup 25(5) / 7
Europe 107(11) / 25
Others 14(1) / 1
Total 671(90) / 144
10 Premier League titles (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008)
4 FA Cups (1994, 1996, 1999, 2004)
2 League Cups (1992, 2006)
6 Charity/Community Shields (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007)
1 Intercontinental Cup (1999)
1 European Super Cup (1991)