United POTY Series: Contender #5 – Ryan Giggs

At the beginning of the season, I for one certainly did not think I would be writing a piece about Ryan Giggs being a potential for player of the year, as his performances were poor, at best. I feared that we were seeing the decline of a legend. However, due to our injury problems and out of form wingers, Fergies decision to push Giggs wide saw an upturn in his performances.

Sir Alex has occasionally put Giggs back in the middle and when that happens, United suffer. He can often get over run by more powerful and creative players, like in the recent game against City at Old Trafford. The likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva and James Milner highlighted Giggs’ weaknesses when playing in the centre. Giggs was even at fault for the opening goal in that game.
But then when playing wide, like in the game where we won the title v Aston Villa, was superb. Breezing past youngster Matthew Lowton on the wing with ease, as well as setting up 2 of Robin van Persie’s 3 goals.
He has probably been our most in form winger throughout the season and has put in some excellent displays. It is amazing to think he has played over 1000 games for the club and it is easy to forget that he is 39 years young. We will never see the likes of his quality and longevity ever again and we should savour it for as long as we can. Giggs has signed for another year at the club. His fitness is incredible and if he can maintain this level of performance who knows when it will end, hopefully not soon.
Let’s not forget that he has maintained his incredible scoring record of having scored in every single season of the Premier League, an unbelievable 21 successive years, as well as winning the league 13 times.

Best Moment: With United 2-1 down in injury time in the FA Cup third round away at West Ham, Giggs played a a world class ball from the middle of the park which was lashed in by Robin van Persie for the equaliser.

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27 year old football writer from South Yorkshire. United fan and Season Ticket holder in the Sir Alex Ferguson stand.