Sir Alex Ferguson wants veteran Ryan Giggs to become a member of the Red Knights. No, NOT the consortium of multi millionaires who are determined to get rid of the Glazer family but to join the exclusive club of Manchester United legends like Sir Matt Busby, Sir Bobby Charlton and himself who have been recognized with a knighthood by the Queen.
The Old Trafford boss has been campaigning for the 11 time Premier League winner to be made a knight just like himself, insisting that it’s time Giggs received the one title he’s missing – a Knighthood.
In the foreword to Giggs‘ new book, My Life My Story, Ferguson writes “There is one accolade which has yet to materialise for Ryan, although I trust it is only a matter of time before it does. How I would love to adorn my teamsheet with the words ‘Sir Ryan Giggs‘.
“And why not?” he argues “after all it might be said that Clive Woodward became a knight of the realm essentially for winning three games at the 2003 World Cup. I’m certain that most of England, and everyone on the rugby scene would say his honour was richly merited and I wouldn’t argue with that.
“But after making more than 800 appearances for United, many of them in extremely high pressure situations, doesn’t Ryan deserve it too? Unquestionably he does as much as any other sporting figure we have known in these islands.”
(Right – 1999 FA CUP semi final against Arsenal. Giggs scored arguably the greatest goal ever scored in an FA Cup tie)
Giggs has played for United for his entire professional career and holds a host of football records including that of being the most decorated player in English football history. He is the only footballer to collect 11 top division English league title medals and also the only player to have played and scored in every single season of the Premier League since its inception.
If that does not qualify the Welshman for the highest honour the nation can bestow on one of its sporting heroes, there must not be anything else that possibly can.
Does Ryan Giggs deserve to become the fourth Manchester United Red Knight?