Eulogising Ryan's talent is nothing new, but Sir Alex also revealed he expects Giggs – and fellow veteran midfielder Paul Scholes – to take up a coaching role upon retirement.
"That will happen, that's the plan," he said. "We’ve done the same with Nicky Butt with the Reserves and when Paul Scholes finishes it will be exactly the same with him.
"We’re good at that – we’ve got several former players installed in the club in different capacities. Mike Phelan, Brian McClair, Tony Whelan, Paul McGuinness… I think it’s important we have people here who have the experience of being a player here.
"I think it’s important that if anyone has ambitions to be a manager, then you should take on different roles before you get there, almost as a preparation. He [Giggs] has got to take his badges and he should go to the business school in Warwick which I think is a very good one. He should spend time with the young players in the Academy and therefore prepare eventually to be a manager."