Ryan Giggs’ form is “remarkable”, according to his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. Speaking ahead of today’s Premier League game at Stoke, Ferguson praised Giggs’ performances, work ethic and hunger to continue playing at the top level. Giggs, named PFA Footballer of the Year last season, turns 36 in November but has put in a series of eye-catching performances this term.
“The horrible part of being a footballer is that at some stage you are finished with the game — age catches us all,” said Ferguson in his weekly press conference.
“When someone like Ryan is playing at the level he is at, he realises to stay there, he has to prepare himself in the right way. He has to look after himself and do the right things.
“It’s a lot to do with how he lives his life and prepares for games, and he’s helped by the fact he’s got a good physique. He has never carried any weight and has always been a slim athlete.
“It is not a matter of him defying his age. It is more a case that there is no discernible deterioration in his game at all. It is remarkable. I don’t know what else there is to say about him. His form is just the same as it was last season.”
Giggs, rested for the midweek Carling Cup victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, is likely to start today’s game in the potteries.