Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs is crossing his fingers Tottenham star and fellow Welshman Gareth Bale reaches the heady heights he has enjoyed for so long.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has declined the opportunity to compare the two wide men, but there is little doubt Bale is the best player to emerge from the Valleys since Giggs made his breakthrough over two decades ago.

And whilst there can be no good wishes expressed on Sunday when United visit Spurs in an eagerly-anticipated Barclays Premier League duel, overall Giggs has high hopes for the 23-year-old. "Gareth is brilliant," said Giggs.

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