Fer­di­nand in awe of Giggs as golden oldie closes on 900 not out for United

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can’t de­scribe how great that is.”

Giggs is still ca­pa­ble of those in­spired mo­ments that have lit­tered his tro­phy-laden Old Traf­ford ca­reer.

“There is no re­duc­tion in his tal­ent,” said Eng­land de­fender Rio.


“He is still one of the bet­ter play­ers in train­ing.

“In the games he’s one of the best too. He can play on both sides of the pitch and in mid­field.

“That tells you he is not get­ting in the team be­cause of who he is or what he’s done – he’s get­ting in the team on merit.”

It is a mea­sure of Fer­di­nand’s own longevity that he has been a team­mate of Giggs for al­most a decade now.

But it is prob­a­bly also a source of amuse­ment in the Red Devils’ dress­ing room that the for­mer West Ham skip­per used to have a video of Giggs when he was at school.

“I had the videos of Giggs ver­sus John Barnes and Ge­orge Best ver­sus Diego Maradona,” re­vealed Fer­di­nand.

“I used to watch them all the time. I par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber Gig­gsy scor­ing a goal against QPR where he danced past a cou­ple of de­fend­ers and smashed it in.

“And then there was that curly hair.

“When he first came into the Premier League he was like a breath of fresh air.

“To watch him con­tinue where he started as a young­ster is fan­tas­tic.”

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