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Do You Want Giggsy To Start In The Final?

Ryan Giggs has possibly endured his worst season, in terms of form, in his 17 years of the club, which can be expected considering he turned 34 this year. He has come under fierce criticism from some sections of the support, with Giggsy tired legs not able to cut it on too many occasions. The man who used to rip defences to shreds and struggled more and more to keep possession, which eventually lead to him starting just 13 of United’s final 28 games of the season.

However, last Sunday, Giggs scored the goal which certainly felt like the one that clinched us the title, his 10th. A great run in to the box coupled with a cool finish resulted in United taking a 2-0 lead over Wigan, which ensured us Premiership victory. Giggs had suffered similar criticism from the fans in the lead up to our FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal, where he scored that goal to put us through to the final.

Giggs has recently spoken honestly about his feelings on the European Cup final, acknowledging that he may not even feature in what could become yet another part of United’s great history.

“I can’t be sure I’ll play,” said Giggs. “It’s about the squad. The squad won it in 1999, when Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came on and scored the goals. The whole squad is together. And we’ll need to be to beat a very good Chelsea team. We have a fit squad and the players will be kicking lumps out of each other over the next week to try to get into the team. We’ll all be eager to get picked and to play well. You just have to come to terms with it. You can’t sulk. You just have to try to prove to the manager that he should have started with you.”

To stand our best chance of winning this final, Ferguson probably would have to overlook Giggs in favour of Carlos Tevez in our attack. However, I cannot imagine Ferguson putting out a team that doesn’t include Giggs in the starting lineup. After already previously claiming that he would start Paul Scholes for sentimental reasons, it seems beyond reality that Fergie would contemplate his team playing in a European Cup final without our most successful and experienced player.

Do you think Giggs should play in Moscow?



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13 Comments

  1. Robbo the Red says:

    I think Fergie probably knows a bit more about it than us!

  2. Mick says:

    Scholes will play because he missed it in 99. Giggsy had his chance to shine on this stage before whereas Scholesy didn’t. If we want to win we will start him on the bench. We can’t afford to carry a player in the final. He will make an appearance and i hope he makes the same impact as he did against WIgan

  3. Jak says:

    I wouldn’t want to have to make the decision. Poor Fergie!

  4. suhayl says:

    Bench..possibly to come on. NO to starting

  5. raisnhell says:

    Bench, come in like Ole, and score like Keano!

  6. Drew Vader says:

    not start, come on in the second half and he can hopefully make an impact again.

  7. chrispus says:

    ONE PLACE IN THE TEAM FOR SENTIMENT IS JUST ABOUT ENUF OF A RISK. GIGGS HAS ONLY PLAYED WELL THIS SEASON WHEN HE IS OFF THE BENCH. HE WILL BE A LOST FIGURE IF HE STARTS AGAINST FRESH CHELSEA DEFENDERS. SO LET PARK START JUST AS IT WAS AGAINST BARCA. ITS A WINNING FORMULA.

  8. jimmy Bob says:

    Giggys legend but not a starter against chelsea for me, go with park and ronaldo wide and then bring him on for park later on.

  9. Sagar says:

    “You can’t sulk. You just have to try to prove to the manager that he should have started with you.”

    thats the sort of attitude I like in a player and well its upto fergie to decide whether he should start him :)

  10. Whiteside10 says:

    Some great topics on here today, Scott… I’ll start with this one, to say that I agree with jimmy bob. Start with Park and Ronnie out wide – UNLESS Ferguson decides to play a 4-2-3-1 formation, which is possible. That would involve having a front four of the holy trinity (Roo, Ron and Tevez) plus Scholes, with Carrick and Hargreaves covering the back four.
    I think Park should start as we’ll need to match Chelsea’s energy, then hopefully our superior ability will tell… plus, as I have mentioned before, I would really like to see Ferguson play with the fluid front four that has served us well this season….

  11. Eddie says:

    VDS
    Brown Rio Vidic Evra
    Ronaldo Owen Scholes Nani
    Rooney Tevez
    subs: TK, Silvestre, Oshea, Carrick, Anderson, Park, Giggs. Andy and Giggs to come on in second half.

  12. Taron says:

    Agree wih Eddie, with only 1 difference Saha should be on the bench for Silvester or someone else

  13. austin reynolds says:

    i wouldnt put oshea on the bench. it,d be the toughest dercision of all to make because he hasnt played much this season and hes a top lad whos proud to play for man utd but with owen and mikael and plenty of midfielders in our squad i feel his place would be better served by saha or fletcher.

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