I was fairly critical of Ryan Giggs in our victory over West Brom last weekend. Whilst not an opinion shared by all, I just didn’t think he cut it at all in his new central midfield position. During the first 20 minutes in particular, he couldn’t seem to find any of our players with his passing. He was sluggish on the ball and looked nonchalant in possession, before losing it.
With 20 minutes played at Goodison Park this afternoon, Giggs was the best player on the park, which lead to chant after chant for our Welsh winger, lauding his ten league titles over Everton.
It was a lovely pass from him that set up Darren Fletcher’s opening goal, playing the ball perfectly in to the Scot’s path.
Giggs had the first shot of the game, although it was scuffed, after working some space for himself brilliantly.
Moments after the goal, he set up Cristiano Ronaldo, who forced a good save from our former keeper Tim Howard.
Giggs then curled a shot from distance, which Howard just got his finger tips to. Minutes later, he charged in to the box, with a lovely dummy to set up Dimitar Berbatov, whose thinking wasn’t as quick as Giggs’. And that was all before the end of the first half!
Whilst United’s dominance faded away in the second half, Giggs still completed a very good 90 minutes for the team, even if less effective later on, named by the MEN as our player of the match.
Still, give the armband to Rio and make someone else take the corners!
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