Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has sung the praises of Sir Alex Ferguson in a personal acknowledgment to the most successful manager of the Premier League era.
The veteran midfielder has now won 13 Premier League titles with Manchester United - the same number as his manager in his time at Old Trafford.
Giggs, now in the twilight of his illustrious career, came off the bench in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Swansea City, which was Sir Alex’s final home game for Manchester United.
The Red Devils cruised to the title ahead of arch-rivals Manchester City, making amends for last season’s disappointing last-minute heartbreak.
"Obviously it's been an emotional day," said Giggs. "He's been such a massive part of my life. I met him when I was 13 to what I am now, 39, so it's a long time. Yes, it's an emotional day."
Giggs has only worked under Ferguson his entire club career and that loyalty to the club speaks volumes for both player and manager in a time and age where it is all too rare.
"Not only for my career [has he been such an influence] but for my life. He has been a massive part of my life. He's seen me from a boy to a man and seen me grow. I've seen him mature over the years from the manager I knew when I was younger. He has done everything for me both on and off the pitch."
"He said in his pre-match talk that he wanted to make sure we didn't play the occasion but played the game," added the Welshman. "And made sure we did what we've been doing all season, which is winning games.
"I mean it probably summed up the time that he's managed as we've had so many important late goals. He probably didn't expect Rio [Ferdinand] to come up with what was a great finish but it was a fitting end to what was a brilliant career at Old Trafford."
Giggs is now looking forward to the prospect of working under new boss David Moyes. Giggs has recently signed another one-year contract extension to prolong his remarkable career at Old Trafford.
"Obviously, it's exciting times," he stated. "Next season will be exciting times. David Moyes has obviously been brilliant over the last 10 years for Everton and hopefully he'll carry on that good work here at United."
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