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Manchester United star Ryan Giggs should be used sparingly

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Ryan Giggs is the most decorated player ever to play in the Premier League.

The Manchester United star has won 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions Leagues during his 23-year spell as a professional footballer - not to mention a host of individual honours.

Giggs - until the start of the current campaign - had only previously played under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson at club level.

The Welshman - despite coming through the ranks shortly before the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers - is now the only one of the class of 92 to still be playing.

Gary Neville is coaching the England national team as well as commentating for Sky, his brother Phil is a first-team coach at Old Trafford (along with Giggs), Nicky Butt is involved with United's reserve team and both Paul Scholes and David Beckham are taking time out to spend time with their families.

So Giggs is the last man standing as it were - but should he have called it a day at the same time as Scholes and Ferguson?

Giggs, 39, has slowly been converted into a central midfielder as he can no longer make bursting runs down the left flank.

He instead uses his creativity, vision and passing ability to dictate play from United's engine room.

However I feel like he is beginning to struggle with the fast tempo that comes with Premier League games.

Against Swansea City, Giggs failed to impress against a midfield trio of Leon Britton, Jose Canas and Jonjo Shelvey.

Giggs did claim an assist against at the Liberty Stadium but that was mainly due to the brilliance of Robin van Persie rather than the Welshman's skill.

In fact, Giggs has a pass completion percentage of 71.6 per cent success rate which is significantly less than fellow central midfielders Michael Carrick (85.7) and Tom Cleverley (87.5).

In years gone by, Giggs was one the few players who Manchester United fans could trust while in possession - but now he seems to be hindering the team.

Giggs' goals have also dried up since his glory days when he would bag around 10-15 goals a season. The former Welsh international only managed two goals in the Premier League last season - despite appearing in 22 games.

When compared to Carrick and Cleverley that is not a bad total - but Giggs is usually given a free role behind the striker which should equate in his goal tally being much higher.

The fact that Giggs has featured in all three of United's opening three fixtures is a little bit worrying because the Premier League champions should not be relying on a 39-year-old to run their midfield.

Marouane Fellaini's arrival at Manchester United will take some of the pressure off Giggs - and Shinji Kagawa should eventually move ahead of the Welshman in Moyes' pecking order.

Giggs should instead be allowed to concentrate on his Old Trafford coaching role and only feature when United are in desperate need of a moment of magic from the Welsh wizard.

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