Data Rant: manager Giggs could benefit from time on the road

Ryan Giggs

Manchester United’s tepid 1-0 loss to Sunderland last weekend took the wind out of the sails of those advocating for Ryan Giggs’ appointment as permanent manager at Old Trafford, even if the Welshman’s team followed up with a fine win over Hull City. After all, David Moyes’ disastrous tenure has dampened United fans’ appetite for […]

Reds seek reason to include ’1992 Committee’ in van Gaal’s new United

Louis van Gaal

The “1992 Committee” – as fanzine Red Issue recently dubbed Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville – scored something of a victory when David Moyes was dismissed as Manchester United manager last Tuesday. It is not that the quartet had actively sought the Scot’s removal, although there has not been word of […]

Poll: who do you want to be United’s next manager?

Ryan Giggs

The king is dead. Long live the king. David Moyes was rarely in total control during 10 chaotic months in charge at Manchester United. Ryan Giggs, it turns out, very much was. Still, all good things come to an end and the period of rejoicing over the 50-year-old Scot’s dismissal ended on Saturday when Giggs […]

Giggs’ endurance offers shot at the top job

Ryan Giggs

“Tearing them apart since 1991,” declares the banner adorning Stretford End’s upper tier. It feels longer such is the institution that Ryan Giggs has become. Willowy kid, to world-class winger, midfield schemer and now manager – it has been an evolving journey in the 23 years since Giggs made his Manchester United debut. Add time […]

Giggs levels up to even out United’s Evertonisation

Ryan Giggs

“Success is tattooed right across the club badge,” said David Moyes in his first press conference as Manchester United manager. It was a nice line from the coach who said almost all the right things in facing the world’s press at Old Trafford on Friday. Yet, the fascination with Moyes first presser was surely eclipsed […]

Reds face up to early season disruption

London 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson could face a challenging start to the new season, with Euro 2012, injury, and the Olympics disrupting Manchester United’s preparations ahead of the Premier League’s start on 18 August. Seven United players will miss the Reds’ pre-season tour of South Africa, China and Norway after appearing in the Euro 2012 tournament this […]

Legends prepared as squeaky bum time approaches

Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs

There were many remarkable aspects to Manchester United’s victory at Norwich City on Sunday: Ryan Giggs’ goal on his 900th appearance for the club; a last-minute winner; the combined age of the Reds’ goalscorers; that United had, for so long, been under the cosh. Yet, there is a reason United score so many late goals, […]

Giggs: a career in numbers

Ryan Giggs Infographic

Ryan Giggs will make his 900th appearance for Manchester United if he is selected to face Ajax in the Europa League on Thursday night. Spanning 22 seasons, Giggs’ United career has brought 33 major trophies, 162 goals and countless personal honours. Including his caps for Wales, Giggs could pass 1,000 career games before retirement. (right-click […]

Legendary pair offer inspiration for youthful future

Ryan Giggs

Twenty years ago, almost to the day, Ryan Giggs was helping Manchester United’s youth side into the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup. As the current youth crop beat their Swansea counterparts 5-1 on Thursday night, Giggs, alongside that other doyen of the United squad, Paul Scholes, is almost incredibly preparing to face Chelsea at […]

Sympathy for the randy Red Devil

giggs

Who would you say out the following three men is the kind of role model a society should look up to? First up is a man who has had two mistresses, chain smokes and drinks between eight to 10 Martinis a day.  Second is a man who doesn’t get out of bed each morning before 11am, used […]