Rafael hails 'unbelievable' Ryan Giggs after Manchester United legend scores in 999th appearance
Monday 25 February 2013
Rafael heaped praise on the “unbelievable” Ryan Giggs after the Manchester United legend scored on his 999th senior game.
The 39-year-old ensured the Red Devils would leave London with three points on Saturday, striking home 10 minutes from time to wrap up a 2-0 win over QPR.
Giggs' performance at Loftus Road belied his years and impressed fans, pundits and team-mates alike.
"He is an unbelievable player," United right-back Rafael said.
"Every game you see him, he works hard, scores, makes assists. It is getting boring. He is just such a good player. He is the same in training; he just loves to play the game. He is one of the top players that I have played with.
"He gives us experience, confidence, and when you are feeling bad he comes and helps you, especially young players.
"Sometimes a young player finds it tough going and he helps them to show how to do it. He knows it from playing for 22 years.
"He pulls the player aside. He spoke to me a lot when I was young."
The victory edges United towards a 20th league title but pushes QPR closer to the drop.
The Rs languish seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the standings, although manager Harry Redknapp remains upbeat.
"We have nothing to lose," he said. "Everyone thinks we're gone, don't they?
"'Oh forget QPR, they're dead'. We ain't dead. You can change it so quickly, so quickly.
"At Portsmouth, I had a crap team and we got 20 points in the last 10 games and stayed up. It ain't impossible."
That confidence, though, is based on keeping forwards Loic Remy and Bobby Zamora fit, which is easier said than done.
"I think that's our only chance," Redknapp said.
"I think in the first half every time we played the ball up to Bobby, he got hold of it, he gave us a little chance to go up and join him and I still think the players don't really know or they've got to learn how to play with him.
"If his ankle's okay - he's got a bad, bad hip, which needs an operation in all honesty - even a half-fit Bobby Zamora is still a top player and I think if I can get him and Remy together I think they could be a good pair."
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