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Van der Sar hails Giggs

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Edwin van der Sar is certain the legendary achievements of Ryan Giggs will never be topped.

Van der Sar was among the five nominees to miss out on Sunday evening as his Manchester United team-mate was named Professional Footballers' Association player of the year.

It was the first time Giggs collected the prestigious accolade, adding it to his 10 Premier League titles, two European Cups, four FA Cups, three League Cups and various other trophies collected during a stellar one-club career with van der Sar saying: "It would be hard to beat that record."

He added: "There are so many changes now with transfers and everything else and Ryan started out early.

"You will not see anything like that in future.

"And the thing is he is still going strong. It is as though he was only 31."

Although he is not used in every game, Giggs' influence over United is still immense. And with the pressure starting to increase ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Arsenal, the Welshman's presence could be a major factor.

"It is a joy to see how he trains as well as plays," said Van der Sar.

"How he controls the ball, how he sees a pass and the runs he makes. He can read a game and adjust the way we play.

"He shows such dedication every day and sets the example for everyone."

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