Manchester United veteran and legend Ryan Giggs will be making his 100th apperance in the UEFA Champions League when the reigning Premiership champions confront French giants Lyon in the last 16, first leg UEFA Champions League clash in France on Wednesday. Giggs has been a perennial figure for the Reds Devils and is also one of the first Fergie boys to emerge in the 1990s.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is buoyant about Giggs’ Champions League record and praises one of the best players in the world in these words:
There are only a few players who have reached that milestone. That is because of Ryan’s ability, his longevity and how he prepares, you just have to look at his lifestyle.
He is obviously at a successful club as well and for me he has been an absolute model in his time with us. Even at 34 we expect big things from him.
We do not play him in every game but that is natural for someone of his age, but he will play on Wednesday. It will be a great occasion for Ryan and we are all proud of him.
I wanted to be in this type of competition, playing against the best teams in the world. Footballers with real vision think the same way.
They have a real purpose in life and want to play in the biggest tournaments. Ryan has reserved his best performances for the big occasions.
When players are asked to be challenged in a big way, it is in European football.
It can only be because the right type of players are playing on that stage and Ryan has produced many great moments.
Although United have contemplated on replacing the 34-year old winger with younger blood in recent years and Giggs have had his fair share of flings with the injury mistress, yet United are still heavily reliant on the former Welsh international. Somehow United manager Sir Alex wants Giggs to play on till there is a single drop in his body and no one doubts that Giggs will do just that. He is Red through and through. Hats off to this great footballer.