Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Should Giggs retire along with Scholes and Neville?

When you have been an integral part of the United first-team for as long as Ryan Giggs, it must be hard to accept becoming a squad player, which is precisely what has happened to the Welshman over the last couple of seasons. Giggs has pretty much been an ever-present whenever Fergie has played his strongest side. No more, because these days nothing is certain where selection issues are concerned, it is the same situation for "club captain", Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.

So it comes as no surprise that Ryan Giggs has stated he might retire at the end of the current season. According to the media, Manchester United are 'stunned' at this news. Well I am not, because I can totally understand why Giggs is saying that now might be the time to go.

True enough, Giggs can still do a job for the Champions, he's had some good games this season, but he obviously he feels that the end of his illustrious United career is in sight.

A part of Giggs may well feel that he's blocking the progress of younger players at the club. I am thinking of Park and Nani - but in my opinion, neither are fit to lace the boots of Giggs. I'd be quite happy to see Park and or Nani sold in the summer, as neither player is capable of delivering consistently.

I have torn my hair out at Ryan Giggs over the years when his crossing has let him down - but Nani is far worse as he is hopelessly wasteful when in possession. As for Park, he is just a headless chicken, his work-rate cannot be faulted, but a footballer he is not. Unlike Giggs, the South Korean lacks composure whenever a goal-scoring opportunity comes his way, he is the proverbial rabbit caught in the headlights and what's more unlike Giggs he cannot see a subtle pass.

Then we come to Carlos Tevez, he is another who is talking openly about leaving, but his situation is very different from that of Nani and Park, they've both been signed on longer term contracts whereas the Argentine is still waiting for United to come up with enough money to secure a deal.

I suspect Giggs, Scholes and Neville will hang around until Fergie calls it a day and from the outside looking in, I think the three of them have accepted that they are no longer first-choice picks. Nonetheless, it doesn't make it any easier for the veteran star trio to play second fiddle to younger players on match-days.

When David Beckham left United, it was a tragic mess, the whole thing was handled badly by his agents and as a result many Reds' were livid with a player who'd given so much in the Red shirt. I can tell you exclusively that before Beckham was eventually sold, United sent a high-powered club official to meet a group of hardcore United fans to find out what the likely reaction would be to the news in the event of the player being sold.

The said official was told that there would be no fan backlash, because like the club they blamed the Beckham camp for not signing that new contract and this in turn was conveyed back to United's decision-makers. Beckham was eventually sold to Real Madrid - there was no angry reaction from the fans - many were actually seething with Beckham and his camp for trying to suggest it was the club who'd done wrong, when all along it was the other way around.

In sharp contrast to Beckham; when Giggs, Scholes and Neville eventually leave United they will do so with their heads held high because they are, almost uniquely these days, one club players. They are special, because that club happens to be the biggest and best in the world.

2 comments:

  1. Players of class such as Giggs, Scholes and Neville should be allowed to choose their own fate, however in saying this they have to accept that in order for United to continue to succeed they are only of value as squad players, and the likes of Nani, Park, Raphael and Anderson need time on the pitch to gain the experience United requires!

    Nevilles injuries and lack of matches in the past few season should be enough for him to realise that the time has come to either retire or accept he is a squad player.. i feel with Raphael becoming a more likely starter and having Brown also, is enough RB cover for Neville to retire.

    Giggs and Scholes are a little different.. Giggs has been fit and playing a role, which in my opinion is the reason why another season or so at United would be valuable for both player and club.. Scholes is definitely worth having in the squad still. Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes and Anderson are a very good foursome to have avaliable... the combo of Carrick and Fletcher has been successful and combining Scholes (experience) and Anderson (determination) could also be successful!

    All in all, they have been great servants for United and i would not be disappointed if they retire or stayed on, as the success they have achieved during there time at United is enough for me to have a little faith in them all!!!

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  2. Players of class such as Giggs, Scholes and Neville should be allowed to choose their own fate, however in saying this they have to accept that in order for United to continue to succeed they are only of value as squad players, and the likes of Nani, Park, Raphael and Anderson need time on the pitch to gain the experience United requires!

    Nevilles injuries and lack of matches in the past few season should be enough for him to realise that the time has come to either retire or accept he is a squad player.. i feel with Raphael becoming a more likely starter and having Brown also, is enough RB cover for Neville to retire.

    Giggs and Scholes are a little different.. Giggs has been fit and playing a role, which in my opinion is the reason why another season or so at United would be valuable for both player and club.. Scholes is definitely worth having in the squad still. Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes and Anderson are a very good foursome to have avaliable... the combo of Carrick and Fletcher has been successful and combining Scholes (experience) and Anderson (determination) could also be successful! Hargreaves fits into the equation also, however with the amount of injuries he sustains i wouldnt be shocked if he departs United during the summer!

    All in all, they have been great servants for United and i would not be disappointed if they retire or stayed on, as the success they have achieved during there time at United is enough for me to have a little faith in them all!!!

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