Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has lauded Ryan Giggs, both for his fantastic talent and longevity.

Giggs recently overtook Charlton as the record appearance holder for United, and seems to show no signs of letting up - even in his 21st year as a professional.

The 37-year-old has played an astonishing 608 games for United and continues to perform in vintage fashion - with the 2009 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award a testament to his popularity in the game.

Charlton has followed Giggs ever since his early teens, and admits to being in awe of the Welshman.


“Last year, I thought that was the best he had ever played but this year he's been even better," Charlton told the BBC.

"I don't know what he's putting in his tea but he's been at his peak again this season,

"He's a great, great professional footballer and I'm ever so proud of him for what he's done, what he's still doing and what hopefully he'll continue to do.

"He's got a gift and he's a credit to the game.

"I saw him when he was 15 and he first came to the club. Since that time he's not been anything other than good news.

"He's just fantastic to work with as a player; [Sir Alex Ferguson] has told me this many times. He's unique."

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