If Sir Alex Ferguson will go down as Manchester United's greatest manager, then Welshman Ryan Giggs will surely follow suit as United's greatest ever player.

He has stiff company however, when you consider the sheer longevity and success of this most remarkable player it is difficult to label Giggs anything other than United's greatest ever player.

Having made 943 appearances and scored 168 goals and claiming an astonishing 35 trophies throughout a glittering 26 year association with Manchester United that stretches back to his youth days in 1987, these are numbers that will never be surpassed in the years and decades to come, such is the magnitude and greatness of his achievements.

Part of the famed 'Fergie's fledgling's' Giggs has seen it all and done it all in club football as a dashing winger in his heyday and now as a sparingly used midfielder who utilises all the guile and craft that has been formed over almost a quarter of century of playing professional football. 

With all that has been achieved (where it is safe to say that he has a CV that is glowing enough to be that of several players instead of merely one) over such a long time, you wonder sometimes what Giggs is actually hanging around for?

Sir Alex Ferguson, the one and only manager Giggs had known and played under before the appointment of David Moyes, has retired and he has seen his long time teammates in Gary Neville and Paul Scholes retire at United in recent years as well as David Beckham and Phil Neville who were decade long teammates at Old Trafford up until roughly a decade ago.

It is a new era at Manchester United, yet the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie represent a more than adequate level of experienced heads who are more than capable of leading the club to the future.

Ryan Giggs' vast experience is not a necessity and his input as a player is no longer fundamental to United and has been for quite some time as harsh as it may sound.

Giggs is still a fine player. He has lost a yard of pace for obvious reasons but still possesses excellent touch and technique where during set pieces he can be particularly devastating with his magical left foot. His passing is exquisite at times and his intelligence and composure in the centre of the park is something that money can't buy.

However, every season Giggs stays on at Manchester United, it can be argued that an Anderson or Shinji Kagawa or Tom Cleverley are missing out on precious first-team action to grow and prove their worth as the future of United's midfield.

It can be argued that Paul Pogba's departure to Juventus that was much to the disdain or SAF was certainly influenced by the continued presence of Giggs and the continued games he got. 

Don't get me wrong Ryan Giggs is a phenomenal player - one of my very favourites - however when you are going to be 40 this year and not offering anything really invaluable as a player, it is in the clubs best interests to give a younger player an opportunity so that United's future can be just as strong as their past that Giggs has been so integrally a part of.

This is not a personal attack on Giggs but a realisation that he may have stayed on for a year too long, not because his performances are poor, but the fact that another emerging player could once again be stunted in their growth due to Giggs' presence and the fact that he does not offer anything that United don't have as a player. 

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