FanCast guest columnist Dan Gregson wonders how the
hell Ferguson goes about replacing Ryan Giggs.
When Dimitar Berbatov stroke home the opener in
yesterday's game at the Britannia he signalled the United faithful to the man,
the legend, that is Ryan Giggs and rightly so.
It was another masterful cameo from Giggs, a man who
galvanises all those around him and as he proved today has the ability to
deliver the killer pass at the vital time to determine the outcome of the game.
The Welshman is simply on fire at the moment and as he fast approaches his 36th
birthday, is showing no signs of slowing down.
Sir Alex Ferguson came out on Friday and said it was
the fear of retirement that drives the older players like Giggsy on and sees
them maintain their fitness levels. The United boss may have a point about
Giggsy; the only player to score in every Premier League season since its inauguration
and the most decorated of it, however the real fear must be for Fergie as to
how he goes about replacing such a player when he does eventually call it a day.
If he thought replacing Cristiano Ronaldo was something of a chore, then Giggs
will prove even harder task, given what he gives to this United team.
As much as I despise Phil Thompson and Charlie
Nicholas as pundits, they both concurred on a great point about Giggs today that
he does the easy things in the game, like link up play, short pass and moves,
better than anyone else and that is what sets him apart. It is true and since
he has been made to adapt his game, due to age and the loss of a few yards of
pace, Giggs has excelled in a more central role, whilst retaining the ability
to nip out wide if need be and putting crosses in at key moments, like he once
again displayed today.
Giggs is United's ‘Mr Dependable' and arguably
alongside Rooney, their most consistent performer this season and has been an
absolute joy to watch. The clock maybe against Giggs and the day he does choose
to hang up his boots there won't only be an air of sadness around Old Trafford,
but you would have to say a football in general.