Michael Carrick lauds Manchester United 'legend' Ryan Giggs
Veteran Welshman has now won as many titles as Arsenal have in their entire history
Tuesday 23 April 2013
Michael Carrick has run out of words to describe the achievements of Manchester United “legend” Ryan Giggs.
At 39, Giggs has now won an incredible 13 league titles following last night's championship-clinching 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
To put it into context, the veteran Welshman has now won as many as Arsenal have in their entire history.
It is a quite phenomenal achievement, and Giggs is not finished yet given he has already signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at United beyond his 40th birthday.
Carrick said: "I keep talking about him but what else is there left to say?
"It is sensational that he is still able to do that after all this time.
"It is not just physical, it is mental, having the drive and desire to do it every day.
"The league wasn't won tonight, it was won all season with all the work we have put in.
"Ryan is out there training every day. The standard he has set is unbelievable.
"He is a legend. It is a throwaway comment too often. But he is the legend really. It is a pleasure to play with him and work with him every day."
Giggs completed the full 90 minutes last night, his 28th appearance of the season.
Yet even he would accept he must cede top billing to Robin van Persie, whose second United hat-trick ensured the Red Devils were never going to be troubled gaining the three points required to snatch the trophy back off Manchester City.
And his contribution - which took him on to 24 Premier League goals for the season, one more than chief Golden Boot rival Luis Suarez, whose season is almost certainly at an end - included a brilliant second, which Carrick believes is a contender for goal of the season.
Van Persie followed Wayne Rooney's 40-yard pass, watching it drop 20 yards from goal before drilling a magnificent volley straight past Brad Guzan.
"It has to be right up there," said Carrick.
"The movement for starters, then Wayne to pick him out with a great pass. The finish was textbook.
"There are not many people who can do that.
"Robin has had a terrific season. It is his first one here and if he carries on like this he will have a good career, that's for certain."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs posts bizarre video of his Miami holiday being invaded by an iguana
Football kits 2015/16: The good, the bad and the downright worst new shirts from around the world for next season
Arturo Vidal to Real Madrid: Transfer news live - Sergio Ramos to Manchester United, Lukas Podolski to leave Arsenal
Copa America 2015: When does it start, what channel is it on and who should I support?
Chelsea 2015/16 home shirt leaked again as new picture appears online
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 Baby rescued 1km out to sea after parents forgot about her
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture