The ‘Holy Trinity’ statue now stands proudly opposite Old Trafford, looking up to the one of Sir Matt Busby. It raises the question of whether in 50 years it’ll be a statue of Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes added to the grounds somewhere. Three totally committed players who between them have an incredible 1873 appearances between them with the club, with the 1st, 4th and 5th most appearances in the history of the club.
With money and commercialisation taking over the World of football, United can be proud to still have players who don’t have an agent or who take a pay cut in order to ensure a lengthier contract with the club.
Nemanja Vidic has today said, in light of winning the Community Shield, what a difference it makes to United to have these three players in the team still.
“I hope the Community Shield won’t be the last trophy we win this season,” said Vidic. “We’ve worked hard in pre-season and I’ve seen the hunger in the players’ eyes. We are ready to win more trophies because there exists a winning mentality at United. Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have been at the club for so many years, but they are still so driven to win trophies. We saw in the Community Shield that they are ready to fight for every ball. This pushes other players on. They set the example that the rest of us need to follow. They are important players for us.”
These three players act as an inspiration and role models to the other players in the team, showing it is possible to stay with one club for years, and despite winning it all, still possess the same hunger and desire to win more.
This mentality hopefully will be instilled in the likes of Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and all the other non-Manc players we have at the club, so that even when our veterans aren’t playing anymore, the desire to stay at the club for as long as possible is still found in our players.
Just how important do you think Neville, Giggs and Scholes still are to our team?