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.
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