Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Ryan Giggs as a "physical freak" and believes Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal made the correct decision to make the Old Trafford legend one of his right hand men.
In quotes taken from the revised version of his updated biography, so as to take in the disastrous David Moyes era and subsequent appointment of Van Gaal, Ferguson heaps huge praise on his former charge. The Scot even went so far as to claim the Welshman was "perfection" in a footballer.
Quoted by the Daily Express, Ferguson said he believed the man taken up to rebuild the club he left as Premier League champions has made a shrewd move in employing Giggs. Not just to help himself, but because the pair can have a symbiotic relationship.
"Louis could help Giggs learn about this business. In turn, Ryan could help Louis in understanding the inner workings of United," said the Scot.
"As I look back on all those trophies, and those 963 appearances and 168 goals, I recall him as a physical freak. How he could have performed at the level he played at for all those years is beyond me. With Giggs I found perfection."
Giggs is learning beside Van Gaal in what is the club's most difficult period for decades a after the debacle that was the season after Ferguson decided to retire. Leaving behind a Premier League-winning squad, he was succeeded by fellow Scot David Moyes.
The long-serving Everton manager then embarked on a nightmare ten months in what was supposed to be his dream job. Rumours of squad unrest and pathetic performances on the pitch saw him sacked before the season ended.
Giggs has made no secret of his desire to get into management and he go this first taste of it after Moyes' sacking, taking over as caretaker manager for the last four games of the season. Van Gaal's arrival was met with Manchester United making it known to the Dutchman that the club legend was wanted on the staff in some regard.
Giggs ended his 23-year playing career in the summer to take up his new role, retiring as the most decorated player in English football history with 13 league titles, four FA Cups and two Champions League triumphs.