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Phelan hails Giggs impact

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Mike Phelan can still remember Ryan Giggs' emergence at Manchester United - because the Welshman was one of the players who forced him out of Old Trafford.

Now 35, Giggs made the first of his 787 appearances for the Red Devils in May 1991, only a year after Phelan helped Sir Alex Ferguson's team win the FA Cup.

Phelan lasted only three more seasons before leaving for West Brom and said: "He was one of the new generation. You could see, even underneath when I was playing in the team, he was on the verge of breaking in. It was great to watch him training. Everybody was talking about it. Once he got in there was no stopping him."

Now Sir Alex Ferguson's right-hand man, Phelan has no trouble recalling the buzz that accompanied Giggs' arrival.

It is the same at every club, as anxious players gather to assess the 'next big thing' trying to work out whether their own place is going to be under threat.

"It was so obvious," Phelan continued.

"It all starts with the coaches saying they have some raw talent.

"That filters through to the dressing room, then everybody wants to have a sneaky look. That is the time when you start to panic because you know he is coming through and is going to be there for numerous years.

"It will either push you further forward or he will push you out. That is the natural progression for a football player."

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