Sir Alex Ferguson can see just why Ryan Giggs has been voted the greatest player in Manchester United history - even though the man himself cannot quite believe it.
Giggs finished ahead of United legends Eric Cantona, George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton in a poll of thousands of readers of club magazine Inside United, plus the official website, www.manutd.com.
"I am not surprised at all," Ferguson told Inside United. "Longevity always comes into play in these things and Ryan has been around here for more time than any other player. He recently appeared in his 600th league game, which is an exceptional achievement."
He added: "That won't be done again, not by one player at the same club. And then we can talk about his performances, which have been top class for 20 years. Even now, at the age of 37, he is amazing."
Giggs, a proud Welshman, was shocked to be informed of his latest award, saying: "When I got told I genuinely couldn't believe it. There have been so many great players here.
"It doesn't really feel like I am 37. I have some great banter with the young players and still think of myself as just one of the lads.
"There was an article in the paper about it being 20 years since my debut and they had some stats in there which the lads were killing me about.
"The time has gone very quickly. I am not finished yet though - I feel great and I hope I can carry on for a while longer."
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