New role was eye opener for Giggs

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD FAY

RYAN Giggs has re­vealed how an eye spe­cial­ist helped trans­form his game when play­ing for United.

To­wards the end of his il­lus­tri­ous spell at Old Traf­ford the Reds leg­end was moved into a deeper mid­field role by leg­endary man­ager Sir Alex Fer­gu­son.

Hav­ing made his name as one of the trick­i­est wingers in world foot­ball Giggs was now tasked with dic­tat­ing play from cen­tral ar­eas and carv­ing open de­fences with his pass­ing game.

The change of po­si­tion was dif­fi­cult for Giggs to ad­just to, and he has re­vealed how an op­ti­cian work­ing at the club helped him al­ter his game.

“We had an op­ti­cian or eye spe­cial­ist at the club,” Giggs told The Coaches’ Voice.

“She ac­tu­ally no­ticed some­thing that when I did come into mid­field I wasn’t play­ing as many passes left as I was right.

“So we did a lot of work on my pe­riph­eral vi­sion and found that I didn’t have as good an eye­sight look­ing that way (left).

“When you think about it is nat­u­ral. Since I was 11 I al­ways looked that way (right) be­cause I had been hug­ging the touch­line.

“So I al­ways had that pass, where ac­tu­ally she no­ticed there were a few runs which play­ers were mak­ing that I didn’t no­tice.

“So I did a lot of work on my eye­sight try­ing to strengthen that vi­sion be­cause now I was look­ing at the whole pitch.”

Ti­mothy Fosu-Men­sah

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