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Giggs: Young Players Must Take Their Chance

Ryan Giggs will be playing for Manchester United in to his 40′s after winning his thirteenth title this season. He obviously can’t go on forever and believes that the young players coming through need to make their mark on the team.

“I have seen so many young players over the years have a chance and not really take it,” he said. “Others think ‘this is my chance I am going to make sure the manager takes notice’ and they perform like they have been doing in the youth team or the reserves. Nick Powell did it earlier this season. He came on against Wigan and scored. That is what young players have to do.”

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  1. c-sid says:

    The youngsters should always play like its their last. Opportunities are far and few inbetween and their mentality should be ‘ i wanna give sir fergie a bigger selection headache than what hes already got’!

  2. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Important words from Ryan.
    How many don’t seize their chances. (Obertan, Macheda, Bebe, Ravel Morrison). Some jump ship because they think the grass is greener. Wonder how Zeki Fryers and Morrison are liking their opportunities now!

    Bebe commented a few weeks ago that he had not taken his time seriously enough.

    United is all about serious. Some just can’t cut it.

    In the end, there are very few that we have let go and come to regret.

  3. FletchTHEMAN says:

    **** that we come to regret letting go ***

  4. GENTLEKEZ says:

    D media hype also makes it difficult for d lads. That was y fryers, morrison thinks that they should b in d first team

  5. Moringe says:

    well said sir ryan giggs,but to take/grab a chance one must be first given a chance, so sir ryan, n I say this with all the love n respect,if only u could retire sooner m pretty sure more chances will b given to the young fellaz.

  6. Stenis says:

    I guess it’s just as easy to over-do it when you finally get your chance and try “too hard” to get noticed.

  7. Costas says:

    Yeah but they must also be given their chance…

  8. denton davey says:

    Only slightly off-topic – I’ve got to wonder what TheLegend would say if he was asked about the situation regarding Chicharito who has been given chances, taken chances and scored goals YET he is still stuck on the bench most of the time ?

    The way I see it, Chicharito is likely to command a surprisingly-high transfer fee because he might not do a lot of things well but he does score goals – and goals change games. As well, without goals a team cannot win so a “natural goal scorer” is a premium asset. It sure looks to me that UTD are just wasting that asset and if SAF continues to keep him on the bench then there’s likely to be serious interest from other clubs, especially the usual Spanish suspects – e.g., Athletico Madrid if they sell Falcao; RM whose appalling finishing cost them against Dortmund; and Barcelona who simply can’t allow themselves to be so over-dependent on Messi.

  9. wayne says:

    I’m with King Eric on the Hernandez position bored of hearing about it,truth is yes he’s a great finisher but normally performs better coming off the bench and lacks in most other areas of his game,don’t see why fans keep harping on about it.

  10. WeAreUnited says:


    I won’t go too deep on the chicharito situation, cause obviously the lad is a goalscorer and ha improved his all around game so there’s nothing to complain about it

    just that rvp and rooney have been upfront in the pecking order, rvp is obvious and rooney is also because he’s a high profile player, but this season there have been games where rooney did not deserve his starting place but rather chicha.

    but what can you do. some say chicha is better coming from the subs when the truth and stats ( I have sent many of them regarding this) which proves that chicha has been better as a starter

    but SAF thinks that rooney had something more to bring this season so he was played before, which is not a surprise since rooney is our Talisman. But to be honest, it’s a complicated thing, because our 3 players have gotten gametime and all have scored and assisted, so I see nothing to complain.

    the only thing to complain is, that when chicha scores, he’s either starting the next game from the subs or starts the bext game, but is dropped the other, we’ll see what happens.

    the best thing is, this season we have had 3 established great attackers! UNITED!

  11. WeAreUnited says:

    for those that say his all around game has not improved is utter bollocks, also Inzaghi was what he was and is a legend of the game, and compared t o him Chicha’s all around game is very good, t

    people must be joking if they have not noticed this season how he has improved his game and how he takes players, I said once that he’s like our maradona taking on players, something we rarely saw in the last 2 seasons. some got too sensitive about this and took it too literally, but Chicha, if he scores with this little gametime, imagine him playing every game even after not scoring.

    peace out! I smell 21

  12. wayne says:

    well everyone is entitled to their opinion,i’ve been saying since day one Hernandez has more impact as a sub and no matter how much his overall game has improved unless he does score goes invisible for large chunks,that’s just a fact.

  13. WeAreUnited says:

    I agree, and it’s a fact that Chicha depends on other players and that’s why he’s not a starter but sometimes one chance wins you games, but of course when he goes invincible he should be subbed.

    anyway, I accept his role, even though it hurts seeing when the lad scores and does not get a look in when he deserves. but like I have said earlier, it’s all about United, yes I will defend some players, but if they leave, then up into the next one.

    but it hurts, when people say his all around game has not improved etc, yet he scores when he wants and that’s important. but as in the Nani’s case once again wuoting SAF “it’s all about the boy” and the same goes with Chicha, he has said nothing that he wants out but these rumours and some fans makes this discussion so we have to comment

    otherwise I would never think Chicha wants to leave, unless he says something. anyway, player come players go, United is where we stand!

  14. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Wayne – absolutely spot on.

  15. Canada says:

    Regarding Hernandez, hasn’t Fergie been on record a few times about the amount of football he’s played over the past few years when considering national duties? And didn’t Fergie also say something to the effect that Michael Owen playing as much as he did early in his career hurt him in the later stages? Maybe put the two together and he’s bringing him along slow and wants him in the long term plans?

    Just a thought.


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