Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v A Villa

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 1 - 2 Man Utd

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Fergie defends veteran Giggs

Sir Alex Ferguson has launched a passionate defence of Ryan Giggs, insisting that any below-par performances by the veteran are down to his decision to play him sporadically.

Last Updated: 29/12/12 at 13:15 Post Comment

Ryan Giggs: Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the veteran amid criticism over his f

Ryan Giggs: Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the veteran amid criticism over his f

Giggs' status as a United legend is already assured, having won 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cup and two Champions Leagues during a glittering 21-year career at Old Trafford.

However, the 39-year-old has struggled to make an impact on the first-team this season, making just 10 league starts to date.

That has led to some to question whether the Welshman should hang up his boots at the end of the season, rather than sign another one-year deal that would take him beyond his 40th birthday.

When quizzed about Giggs' lack of form Ferguson defended the player, insisting that his decision to use Giggs sparingly is the main reason why he has failed to reach his usual high standards.

"How can you criticise a player that has given you 20 years?" said the 70-year-old.

"Let's be honest. He may have an off day here and there because I don't play him all the time.

"But at his age I can't afford to risk him."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

'Fine' Akinfeev grateful for support

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has thanked well-wishers for their support after being struck by a lit flare thrown from the crowd against Montenegro on Friday night.

Harry Kane says debut England goal is a 'dream come true'

Harry Kane said his first goal for England was "a dream come true" after he scored 79 seconds into his debut appearance.

Roy Hodgson hails Harry Kane's impact after goal on England debut

Roy Hodgson led the plaudits for Harry Kane after his ‘fairytale’ international debut in England's win over Lithuania.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company