Ryan Giggs produced a performance for the ages on Wednesday night as he orchestrated a Manchester United victory over Olympiacos in the Champions League. It was a display of such culture and control that it has prompted many to suggest Giggs ought to be utilised more regularly by manager David Moyes.
Manchester United fans, however, should be more realistic, says West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who points out that Giggs playing more frequently at the advanced age of 40 would be beyond even his apparently ageless body.
In fact, Allardyce claims, Giggs would have been fortunate to have even been able to walk after playing for the full 90 minutes in the 3-0 victory over the Greeks at Old Trafford, which sent Manchester United into the last eight of the Champions League.
“There are some who believe he should still be playing every week but let’s be realistic. He’s 40 years old and just setting out on a coaching career,” Allardyce wrote in his Evening Standard column.
“Recovery times become longer the older you get and, although Ryan looks after himself, he would have been lucky if he could walk yesterday morning!”
With this comments in mind, Allardyce does not expect to see Giggs lining-up for the opposition when Manchester United visit Upton Park on Saturday, with the veteran midfielder likely to be rested following his midweek exploits.
Manchester United could rise to sixth place in the Premier League if they beat West Ham and Everton lose to Swansea, although they could sink to eighth were the Hammers to record victory and Southampton to get the better of Tottenham.