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Brown: Giggs Is My Favourite Player Of All Time

Wes Brown may have embarrassed club team mate Ryan Giggs when naming him his favourite all time player.

Brown reckons the length of his career and achievements with one club put him above anyone else, with only Sir Bobby Charlton, whose appearances record Giggs broke in 2008, coming close.

“I know it is going to sound daft this but I would have to say Giggsy,” said Brown. “Of course, you have got the likes of Maradona and Pele who were world-class players, but for me it is Giggsy. His overall game and his achievements are just incredible. You get one-offs every now and again and he’s certainly one of them. To have performed consistently well at the top level for such a long time and stayed with one team is amazing. It is difficult to think of anyone else like Ryan; Sir Bobby is probably the only other player to compare with Giggsy.”

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85 Comments

  1. Costas says:

    @yorYor

    Not for me mate. Ok, he joined them and was celebrating when Anelka put them ahead in the last derby at Maine Road. But that’s how competitive Schmeichel always was. I just don’t feel he is one of our greatest players. He is our greatest goalkeeper though. In my opinion always.

  2. Omair says:

    Giggs is my inspiration . . . i wish he carries on for another year after this =( . . . Giggs can be a role model for our kids who are coming from the academy . . . Check this http://www.footballrealm.com/2010/07/giggs-we-can-win-with-kids/ . . .

  3. huzi says:

    @costas at 15:37
    sell rooney,berba and owen and buy balotelli and heskey. . .and there you have it! :-D

  4. united.george says:

    @buliwyf

    I think #1 has to be Paolo Maldini who was at AC Milan for 25 years…but in all of europe, out of the top 20 most loyal players, united is the only team with more than one player, scholes, giggs and neville. All legends and role models.

  5. Costas says:

    @huzi

    There you have it! :P Responsible spending.

  6. willierednut says:

    Roy Keane for me, best player i’ve ever seen live. Super Noel bailie lol. Balotellis agent has denied he’s agreed terms with anyone.

  7. EastStandManc says:

    @willierednut:

    Music to my ears, that.

  8. tommy rat says:

    mine is wes

  9. willierednut says:

    EastStandManc – Not a fan of Balotelli then?

  10. huzi says:

    @costas
    lol or maybe leave balotelli and get the great NGOG!

  11. cantona7 says:

    @MG you said 100% or walk away. Eric Cantona did something better – 110% for Manchester United or nothing at all.

    But i think Giggs is something else. Because each player will have something very special to say about Giggs. Senior players from when Giggs just came in as a 14 years old, not even using Giggs as his surname, to the youngest we have in the team nowadays.

  12. EastStandManc says:

    @willierednut

    Not at that price, no!

    We talk about ‘value in the market’ – anyone who thinks Balotelli is worth a cent over 10 million Euro is high on Amsterdam green!

  13. cantona7 says:

    Roy Keane – 110% or walk away

    Eric Cantona – 110% or nothing at all

    Sir Ryan Giggs – 110%. The best.

    I’ll use Giggs11 as my nickname when he retires.

  14. willierednut says:

    Keane over the king for me any way.

  15. Costas says:

    William Prunier over Keane for me.

  16. willierednut says:

    Thats one thing Cantona messed up on, recommending that clown for United.

  17. McQueen says:

    @ denton davey – no actually i’m basing it on what i’ve seen of him on the pitch. Throwing tantrums, synical revenge fouls and just generally acting like a complete twat. In the games i’ve seen him in, which isn’t that many, but it was enough.

    If we sign him, however, I will welcome him with open arms and trust Fergie to mould him into a better man as well as a better player.

    Still… Rooney, Berbatov. Owen, Hernandez, Welbeck, Macheda. Balotelli? I would take David Villa but I’m not feeling the need for another player that needs development to be honest.

  18. Costas says:

    Lol, seriously? Cantona recommended him? Wow, even Kings get it wrong from time to time.

  19. willierednut says:

    Thats what i heard, he was well named, the pruin.

  20. McQueen says:

    Forgot Diouf in that list too!

  21. MG says:

    @Cantona7

    I cannot disagree with that – the King just called time on football because it was United or nothing.

    Legend then : )

    In any case we have been blessed with incredible players – it will be a sad day when Giggs Scholes Neville finally finish – the joy that they have given Manchester United and us is beyond incredible.

    It will be heartbreaking to say the least

  22. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    Off topic but just received another email from United trying to flog charity shield tickets. In all the years we have never failed to sell out for a game like this? You can buy as many as 6 tickets per person as a non member for as little as £15 each.

    Sign of things to come, i hope we sell out all home games etc for support for the the team but games like this and worthington cup games we should make the Glazers sweat and make them think again. I have always maintained my support and renewed again but I am made up to see fans not taking up the allocation. This is what we need.

  23. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    apologies for typos above! Never proof read my posts!

  24. denton davey says:

    Marq @ 15:50: “I don’t rate him, we have Hernandez and Macheda, and for me, that is enough”

    I don’t disagree with the points you raised about his immaturity – and just plain silliness – but let’s not forget that this guy is just 19. I don’t live in a glass house so I’m surely not going to throw rocks at him.

    From what I’ve seen – and, admittedly, it’s not a lot – SuperMario has a much higher up-side than KikoTheKid and he’s bigger, stronger, faster (?), and younger than Chicharito. So, I rate him very highly but I take your point that Hernandez and Macheda “is enough” since none of these guys would supplant WayneRooney, Nani, or Valencia.

    Just wondering – would some sort of part-exchange for Balotelli (with Dimitar Berbatov going the other way) be in the cards ? There is absolutely NO FACTUAL BASIS for this guess but it does seem “logical” even if Inter have three pretty good strikers already.

  25. denton davey says:

    McQueen @ 20:08: “If we sign him, however, I will welcome him with open arms and trust Fergie to mould him into a better man as well as a better player.”

    I don’t disagree with that sentiment at all. As I wrote in my previous comment, Balotelli is just 19 and immature – maybe even impossibly immature, I don’t know about that, BUT I have been impressed with his ability if not his attitude. Can SAF turn his attitude around ? If he can’t then nobody can. For what it’s worth, I would only go for SuperMario IF there was some sort of part-exchange for Dimitar Berbatov, who is just not going to fit with the Rooney/Nani/Valencia attacking formation UNLESS he can be re-invented as a “playmaker” – but is he willing to do the hard graft in winning the ball back ? I doubt it – but I also doubt that there is any other way he can be a really valuable player at the NEWUTD which is built on speed and counter-attacking, like all of SAF’s best teams.

  26. denton davey says:

    McQueen @ 20:15: “Forgot Diouf in that list too!”

    THAT is a big oversight. I think that Mame Biram Diouf is a natural backup for WayneRooney – I like his aggressive and pro-active style of play. He might still be “raw” but he really does make things happen.

  27. McQueen says:

    i know, Diouf is above Welbeck and Macheda in my opinion

  28. denton davey says:

    Off-topic but I am really, really, really, really happy to see that Joe Cole has signed for the KopSuckers; he and the LadyBoy should spend a lot of time together in the recovery room.

    Actually, I think that the RentBoyz did better by signing Benayoun in place of Cole – even if they had to pay five million in a transfer fee. When the KopSuckers did anything good, Yossi was usually in the middle of it. He’s one of the most under-rated players in the EPL over the last five years.

    But, be that as it may be, Joe Cole was not a good fit for UTD – he’s tricky but he slows things down whereas UTD play best when they play at a very high tempo.

  29. willierednut says:

    As if Inter would take Berbs, you’re just a tease denton davey.

  30. RedScot says:

    Well said Wes.
    Of Topic the Lads comments in here just make me laugh like crazy.
    On a serious note I would go for Dennis Law in the past, he was Aberdonian signed from Huddersfield bye the magic man Sir Matt, Top goal scorer of all time for United, hung his head in shame well no holding of the shirt cuff with the didgit high in the air, when he sent United down. against the nobodys
    Up to date I just love Nani, but I wont go into detail. lol

  31. denton davey says:

    Willierednut @ 21:02: “As if Inter would take Berbs, you’re just a tease denton davey.”

    Well, Willie, stranger things have happened. After all, who would have imagined that Chelsea would pay 15 million quid for Juan Sebastian Veron after he had “flopped” at UTD ? It’s all like they say, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and, of course, there’s nought so queer as folk. And Sr Moratti is one weird dude.

  32. YorYor says:

    @Costas
    But I feel that if Schmikes had chosen to stay on at United for just a few more years, I think he would also be regarded as a legend. When one looks at him, they see United.
    Though yes, greatest ever goalkeeper (in the last 20 years) to have donned the United jersey.
    Just disappointing he joined one of our hated rivals… I’d have been ok had he joined Villa or Fulham or Bolton etc.

  33. Adyl says:

    @YorYor

    Schmeichel is a legend in my book. He could single-handedly (sometimes literally!) ensure we won a match. Part of the reason he left was due to the higher demands of playing in a very top level week in and week out. When he returned. he did join villa before playing for city. But let’s not diminish his stature just because he joined a mid-level rival back then. Else, we may also need to remove the “Legend” tag from Denis Law.

  34. dazjoe says:

    Agree with you Wes apart from one thing, if you’re talking about world class players from all over the globe, who’ve been world class and played for only 1 club their whole career, it isn’t really that hard to think of others. Milan had both Maldini and Baresi, Arsenal had Adams (people may disagree but I thought Adams was awesome, would have loved him at United, as would Ferguson) Juve have Del Piero (who stuck with them even after they would demoted to Serie B) Real have Raul (who may move on but at the moment is still there), I’m sure I could think of more if I could be bothered (and have time, seeing as I’m meant to be processing insurance payments at the moment!) .
    Note, none of this is meant to take anything away from Giggs, absolute legend, just pointing out he’s not alone in that “One club man” club.

  35. indiandevil says:

    Giggsy is the absolute defination of the word LEGEND. Giggs, scholes, Neville are the pillars of Man Utd. Hope they could continue forever but , BTW check out this link

    http://www.thehardtackle.com/index.php/losing-my-religion/

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