Ryan Giggs proved against Olympiacos precisely why he should be used more regularly by David Moyes, claims former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, as the veteran midfielder orchestrated a victory that ensured the Red Devils reached the last eight of the Champions League.
Giggs, making his first start and only second appearance since January, put in a virtuoso performance at Old Trafford as Manchester United overturned a two-goal aggregate deficit courtesy of a treble from Robin van Persie.
Reports this week had claimed the relationship between Moyes and Giggs, who is also a member of the Manchester United coaching staff, had reached a nadir following the humiliation by Liverpool last weekend, but his inclusion against Olympiacos appeared to extinguish the suggestion of a rift.
The 40-year-old provided the compose and culture Manchester United needed to control their Greek opponents on Wednesday, and Neville is baffled as to why Moyes has used Giggs so sparingly this season, given the impact he still has even at his advanced age.
"I don't know why [Moyes] hasn't played [Giggs]. It's strange he hasn't played him for two or three months," Neville said while on Sky Sports.
"He usually played every two or three weeks in the last few years. He usually gets his games hand-picked for him. That's not been happening in the last 12 weeks. Moyes has looked at the younger ones.
“He's needed big performances and he got them [against Olympiacos] from Giggs, [David] de Gea and [Danny] Welbeck."
Giggs has made a total of only 18 appearances in his 24th season as a Manchester United player, and is expected to lower the curtain on his illustrious career following the expiration of his contract at the end of the campaign.