Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled Ryan Giggs as truly unique after he decided to leave Manchester United.
The Welshman played 963 games for Man United before becoming part of the backroom staff, which eventually saw him become Louis van Gaal‘s assistant manager over the past two seasons.
Van Gaal’s departure from Old Trafford resulted in Jose Mourinho becoming his successor and Giggs leaving to pursue his management career, despite calls for him to be promoted into the full time managerial role at Man United.
Speaking about his decision, Sir Alex insists he will always have a place in the history of the club.
“People can judge footballers on many aspects of their game, but to play for Manchester United means there is a competitiveness and intensity in every single game,” he said.
“At our club you don’t play friendly games or easy games – each one is a cup final for the team we’re playing against. So when you consider that Ryan had to run up and down that left touchline for over 20 years in matches of that intensity, he is truly unique. What he managed to do was completely unheard of.
“He became a hugely important figure within the dressing room. All the younger players would go to him because he commanded such respect and had such great influence on his team-mates. I know that when I used to get Ryan, Scholesy, Gary and Rio Ferdinand in the office and chat to them about clamping down on the dressing room and making sure that everything in there was right, Ryan was the one among them who would be the foremost figure, no doubt about that.
“His place in the history of Manchester United and football is already assured. I doubt we’ll ever see a career like his again.”
Giggs will always be a legend at the club, he won a countless amount of trophies and helped the club achieve memories that fans will remember for a lifetime.
However, he’s only at the start of his career as a manager and a move to another club will allow him to pick up some much needed experience.
I can’t wait to see which club he decides to manage and I’m sure he won’t be short of offers after parting ways with one of the biggest clubs in the world.