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Fergie: I’m Lucky To Have Devoted Players Like Scholes And Giggs

If he plays today, Ryan Giggs will be making his 600th Premier League appearance, whilst Paul Scholes is ready to make his 700th appearance for the club and Rio Ferdinand his 400th.

“My personal feeling is that Ryan can play for another couple of years,” said Ferguson. “Paul’s a different physical specimen to Ryan and he’s had his injuries – two knee injuries, an eye injury – and yet he’s playing his 700th game. It’s phenomenal. Rio’s also playing his 400th game. It’s a landmark for the three players and it’s a great example to the younger players about what can be achieved if they sacrifice in football. These players have done that or they would never have got to this stage.”

Before the international break, United had been losing to Southampton before Scholes was subbed on. Whilst Robin van Persie scored a hattrick and claimed the headlines, the Dutchman claimed that it was Scholes who should have been named Man of the Match.

“You can’t judge Ryan’s performances at the moment because I haven’t played him! But he will be involved in a lot of games this season, as normal, and I’m sure we’ll see his ability,” said Ferguson. “Paul came on against Southampton and it was like opening a door to another room. He brought order to the game. His selection and accuracy of passes changed the game. Southampton didn’t know what to do with him. That’s a great credit to the lad. He’ll always produce quality. He could be playing in 10 years in a former players’ game and still show what a fantastic player he is. I’m lucky to have worked with them both. It’s not a matter of being proud to have had them. It’s more a matter of saying, ‘I’m lucky to have had two devoted players like that’. It’s been brilliant.”

1. Giggs 910
2. Charlton 758
3. Scholes 699
24. Ferdinand 399

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  1. thedonmassawe says:


  2. Jippers says:

    Simply wow – two complete legends and we are unlikely to see anything like them ever again. Amazing.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    And we fans are so blessed to have a manager like you Sir!



  5. DreadedRed says:

    Come ON United! Put Wigan to the sword.

  6. ken says:

    Two unique, remarkable players the likes of which will not be seen again. Gifted, talented blessed with vision and nerve. A pleasure and an honour to have watched these football artists ply their wares in front of millions of awe struck fans.

  7. DreadedRed says:

    Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes – our brace of match-winning aces.

    Amazing brace, how fleet and sound,

    They save our match you see.

    Games that seem lost are turned around,

    Behind, til goals us free.

    League chase did teach our hearts to fear.

    Our brace, those fears relieved.

    How precious does that brace appear

    Since we first believed.

    Through many dangers, toils and snares

    we have already come;

    Our brace has brought us through the mares,

    our brace will lead us home.

    Yea, until our flesh and heart shall fail,

    And mortal life does stop,

    we shall possess for all to hail,

    A life spent at the top.

  8. Colbert says:

    Scholes should start today. We should dominate a game like this even if we’re lightweight in midfield and if he passes like he did against Southampton we’ll be fine today. Hoping for a good match for Kagawa as well after how he struggled against Soton.

  9. Zibbie says:

    Nice stuff

    It has been a privilege for me to watch these men play!


  10. Costas says:

    Never going to see numbers like that again.

  11. Zibbie says:

    Costas once free agents hit the US, most players move 2,3 or 4 times in their careers now. Same thing is happening in Euro football. There is still some who stay with one team the entire time, few and far between.

  12. Costas says:


    Yeah that plays a part mate. But it’s going to be even harder to see those figures at United from now on. Don’t know if Welbeck and Cleverley will be here in 5 years time, let alone 10. Giggs, Scholes and Neville might be the last of their kind.

  13. Zibbie says:

    How true Kebab, maybe some 11 year old at the academy will be the 1000 game man!!!! An odd ball.

  14. Zibbie says:

    So sad to see this part of RoM’s evolution. People making and taking things personal. Fights, wurms and cunts.
    A game day less then an hour to kick off and RoM is dead…………… taps no, but it sucks.

  15. Zibbie says:

    Maybe a Rooney sucks and Berbas great thread to get some hits.

  16. Proverb says:

    Confirmed line up v Wigan: Lindegaard, Rafael, Rio, Vidic, Buttner, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Chicharito, Welbeck.

    MUFC appearance 400 for Ferdinand. PL appearance 600 for Giggs. MUFC appearance 700 for Scholes.

  17. Proverb says:

    De Gea still dropped. Subs: De Gea, Evans, Valencia, van Persie, Cleverley, Powell, Kagawa

  18. mara says:

    You can see on those two lads that they love football, they enjoy it, and everything else…like money…is second, third place…

  19. Redbilly says:

    The Ginger prince

  20. Redbilly says:

    So. Buttner is living the dream. Congratulations lad. And the pea

  21. TheCANTONA says:

    FletchTHEMAN says:

    :And we fans are so blessed to have a manager like you Sir!”



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