The man is an undisputed football legend – not only with Manchester United fans but right throughout the game. The next time Ryan Giggs steps onto the field in a Premier League match will be appearance number 600 in the top division including 40 in the old First Division which may come as early as this weekend at White Hart Lane. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp paid tribute to the 37 year old in the lead up to Sunday’s clash saying that “He’s a credit to the game for sure” Redknapp said “he’s just a great player and a great lad. I don’t know him very well but he’s a class act on the pitch and off the pitch. He’s an amazing fellow.”
When Sir Alex Ferguson was asked to nominate his favourite Manchester United game during his 24 years at Old Trafford he had no hesitation in telling the Red News magazine “The one that sticks out in my mind was when we were at Tottenham in September 2001 and were 3-0 down at half time but then we went on to beat them 5-3. It was such an amazing turnaround and the fans played their part too. It was a great game.” United go back to White Hart Lane on Sunday and while it would be unreasonable to expect that sort of drama again, Ferguson will be more than happy to grab all three points once more. This is how Bill Pierce from PA Sport reported on that dramatic afternoon nearly a decade ago.
Some Manchester United fans love him, others just wish that he’ll go away. No, the word hate will not be used because nobody can possibly hate football brilliance. Personally, I have no hesitation in admitting that I love Dimitar Berbatov in a similar way that I remember Eric Cantona BUT, memories can be treacherous. Human nature dictates that the best memories linger on while the rest are shut out of our mind. Nobody can possibly claim to be a bigger disciple of the great Frenchman than me but, I also remember days when he was as frustrating as Berbatov can be today. Like it or not, we have to accept that it’s the way geniuses are.