As another season draws to an end, more and more plaudits are being reeled out for Ryan Giggs.
The welsh midfielder has yet again been in sumptuous form and more incredibly not just in the left wing role we are all familiar with.
Against West Ham he shone as a left back whilst his appearances in the middle of the park prompted team mate Michael Owen to muse:
How on earth can you be the best winger for years then evolve your game to become the best central midfielder around? Giggs defies logic.
Whilst defying logic, Giggs is also defying Father Time as he puts in performances of a man much younger than he. He is still a potent threat that justifies his place in the team thus the news he will be around for at least one more season has been greeted warmly.
In this season we are likely to see Giggs set a record that won’t be broken in a long time as he himself is set to break in the coming weeks.
Steve Perryman’s remarkable record of 613 top flight appearances for a single club, Tottenham, looked like one that would stand for a long time and it has considering he played his last game for Spurs in 1986 but now 25 years later Ryan Giggs can match or better his record with appearances in games against Blackburn and/or Blackpool.
When questioned about this Perryman was more than happy to hand over his record to the Welshman,
“If it was going to be anyone, I would want it to be Ryan Giggs. If you were going to use anyone as an example of how to conduct yourself in terms of being a footballer, he would be it.”
Perryman went on to praise Giggs further calling him ‘a manager’s dream’:
“He clearly has the talent to match the desire and professionalism.
“He is the type of player who always gets the crowd on their edge of their seats, which obviously wasn’t my game.
“He is a danger to any opponent and although I don’t know him, looking at it from the outside, he must be a manager’s dream.”
So that’s another record in the remarkable career of the man many see as United’s greatest player.