Manchester United manager David Moyes hailed Ryan Giggs for his virtuoso display in the Champions League defeat of Olympiacos, but insisted his reasons for not playing the veteran midfielder more regularly have nothing to do with a fractured relationship between the pair.
Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick to ensure Manchester United’s passage into the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition, but it was Giggs who orchestrated victory with a performance of great composure and control.
It begged the question as to why Giggs has not been utilised more often by Moyes of late, with the 40-year-old making only his second start since January, while former Manchester United captain Gary Neville claimed the situation was ‘strange’.
Moyes, however, explained in his press conference after the 3-0 win at Old Trafford that he has favoured younger options ahead of Giggs this season as he realises the importance of identifying a replacement for the Manchester United icon, who is likely to retire in the summer.
Giggs’ current contract will expire at the end of the season and, given his reduced role this term along with an appointment to the coaching staff, there is a sense that his 24th campaign as a player will be his last.
"We have to look to see what we do, Ryan Giggs can't go on forever, we know that,” Moyes told reporters.
"We have to be looking to find the new Ryan Giggs and the new players.”