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You can’t stop Ryan Giggs

by Sam Peoples

Another day in the life of Ryan Giggs, another milestone reached.

These special occasions are becoming all too often for the man who has won 13 Premier League titles amongst a host of other accolades.

Giggs ran out at the Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastián to mark his 950th appearance in a Manchester United shirt and, whilst he will be disappointed with the 0-0 result against Real Sociedad, he’ll be excited with his newest milestone -or maybe he won’t.

Let’s face it, it must border on tiresome for the the soon to be 40-year-old by now. What’s another game to the man already decorated as the player with the most appearances in United’s history, the most appearances in UEFA Champions League history and two winners medals in that very competition.

But for fans, it marks another occasion to celebrate one of the most talented and consistent players in the clubs history.

This season has been made into a transition season for Giggs as he looks to make his mark as a coach. Currently operating in two roles, it’s understandable his playing time has been reduced in favour of looking forward and you might expect this to be his final season pulling on the United shirt, as he looks set to become a permanent fixture on Moyes’ staff.

There are times you think that this might be for the best. His central role has been criticised due to poor performances already this season (Liverpool away, for example) but there are times when you think might actually be able to go on. The Socieded home game saw an absolutely brilliant performance from the Welshman. Truly electric. Against a poor side, of course but in a Champions League game at this level it was fantastic.

The dream, of course, would be to see him make that next milestone of 1000 games, an achievement he has already reached when combined with his Wales caps. It would take him another season or two to reach that mark but who knows. His love for playing, a few decent performances and his yoga could see him continue in a United shirt for years to come (maybe it is even worth putting a few quid on Rio hanging up his boots before Giggs).

Whatever he decides, there’s not a doubt that he’ll end his playing career as nothing other than a footballing legend, whether that’s with 1000 appearances or a measly 950 odd.

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