Ryan Giggs picks up United’s greatest award in fans poll

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs

Manchester United and Wales winger Ryan Giggs beat off competition from Eric Cantona and Bobby Charlton to be voted the greatest Manchester United player of all time.

Giggs beat Eric Cantona into second as he took the award and United boss for the last quarter of a century, Alex Ferguson, agreed with the fans choice.

“I am not surprised at all,” Ferguson told Inside United. “Longevity always comes into play in these things and Ryan has been around here for more time than any other player.

“He recently appeared in his 600th league game, which is an exceptional achievement.

“That won’t be done again, not by one player at the same club. And then we can talk about his performances, which have been top class for 20 years. Even now, at the age of 37, he is amazing.”

Giggs, who has now played an amazing 859 times for United was surprised to have come out on top.

The 12 time Premier League winner said, “When I got told I genuinely couldn’t believe it. There have been so many great players here,” he said, before adding that he does not feel like one of the Premier League’s oldest players.

“It doesn’t really feel like I am 37,” he said.

“I have some great banter with the young players and still think of myself as just one of the lads.

“There was an article in the paper about it being 20 years since my debut and they had some stats in there which the lads were killing me about.

“The time has gone very quickly. I am not finished yet though – I feel great and I hope I can carry on for a while longer.

The top 10 greatest United players

1) Ryan Giggs

2) Eric Cantona

3) George Best

4) Sir Bobby Charlton

5) Cristiano Ronaldo

6) Paul Scholes

7) David Beckham

8 ) Roy Keane

9) Peter Schmeichel

10) Wayne Rooney

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