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Friday afternoon question: Should Giggs win PFA player of the year?

February 20, 2009

Ryan Giggs has probably never received the recognition he deserves for his contribution to Manchester United’s success over the last 15 years.

No other player has collected the full set of medals for all the silverware which has filled the Old Trafford trophy cabinet over that time. Yet several, including Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo, have received the major individual awards which have eluded the man who has played more games for United than anyone else.

Giggs started in the first team as a 17-year-old winger famously likened by his manager Alex Ferguson to a “spaniel chasing a slip of paper in the wind”. Ferguson recently described Giggs as the ultimate professional whose burning desire to continue playing at the highest level at the age of 35 should make him a role model for all aspiring footballers.

Giggs has unsurprisingly lost the raw pace which, combined with his skills, used to leave defenders with what his manager called “twisted blood”. But he more than compensates now with a vast experience which allows him to play in a variety of positions.

Ferguson played Giggs as a holding central midfielder in the recent Premier League win over Chelsea and he was used as a striker in Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Derby County. Typically, the Welshman gave a masterclass of passing and clever touches which created three goals and prompted more calls for him to be named England’s Footballer of the Year.

From exuberant spaniel to top dog. That would be a fitting reward for one of British football’s most popular and enduring players.

PHOTO: Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs stretches during a training session at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow May 20, 2008. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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I say give the man some credit. A veteran like that needs some personal recognition after so much contribution

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A great great player, a wonder to watch playing football.He should be given this accolade, there is no doubt about that.
I hope he goes on playing after 2010 and when eventually her retires from the professional game I hope he is given a top job at Manchester United.
I have never heard him be booed or anything like that (his yellow/red cards are extremely far and few, that is a great testament to the guy…….keep on going, Ryan.

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simply the greatest british footballer of all time – end of

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greatest british footballer of all time

 

No. For all his brilliance, you can’t give it to him on past merits when he is being used sparingly while others play twice a week, and there are several players in United’s squad who deserve it more than Giggs this season. But he should have certainly won it a few times over the years.

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Ryan Giggs is a legend. But there is only one United player worthy of any award at the moment. Nemaja Vidic. Simply the best centre back since Steve Bruce.

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