Ryan Giggs won it all during his career.
The Welshman played 963 times and netted 168 goals for Manchester United across an incredible 24-year career.
He helped United to an incredible 34 trophies in that time.
He is, without doubt, one of the greatest players in Premier League history.
However, despite his ridiculously good CV, there are some football fans around the world that don’t really rate him.
That includes former Premier League player, Curtis Woodhouse.
Woodhouse, who played in the Premier League for Birmingham City and also turned out for Sheffield United, launched an extraordinary attack against Giggs last weekend.
“Ryan Giggs another unbelievably overrated Manchester United player,” he tweeted. “Outstanding longevity but in a team that dominated for years and were a free scoring machine his statistics for goals and assists is awful. Another Manchester United myth, good player, never anything more.”
“Ryan Giggs once scored 13 league goals in a season,” he added in another tweet. “It was the 1993-94 season. That was his most productive season at the club. In a team that dominated the league for 2 decades and prided themselves on all out attack he peaked at 13.
“Giggs has 162 assists in the PL over 22 years to go with his 109 goals, again over 22 years,” he said in a third tweet. “His team dominated them 22 years of football breaking scoring records as they went. Ryan Giggs was a left winger, looking at his stats you may confuse him with a left back.”
In the aftermath of that rant, Giggs’ highlights in a 4-3 win for Man United against Man City in 2009 has emerged.
Giggs was 35 at the time but he completely ran the show, recording three assists in the process.
That included a superb pass for Michael Owen to score in the final moments.
Watch his highlights from that game below:
What an incredible performance. He completely dominated Man City while being well into his 30s.
In truth, he could have had even more assists had his teammates’ finishing been better during the 90 minutes.
I respect Woodhouse’ opinion, which he is entitled too.
But how could Giggs be underrated? He was a massive part of Man United’s success for 24 years.
To play 963 times for a side that dominated English football for two decades is remarkable.
He started off as a winger with incredible pace and then managed to still make an impact when he lost his speed.
Yes, his stats aren’t that amazing. But he deserves the utmost respect for his longevity and what he managed to do during his career.
He wasn’t just ‘good’, like Woodhouse called him. He was brilliant.
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