Thursday 22 March 2018

Video: Football legends pay tribute to Ryan Giggs as he receives lifetime achievement award

Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs arrives for the Manchester United Player of the year Awards at Old Trafford
Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs arrives for the Manchester United Player of the year Awards at Old Trafford

Manchester United legends from down through the years and football greats like Pele and Platini have paid tribute to the fantastic playing career of Ryan Giggs after he received the lifetime achievement award from the Old Trafford club.

The interim manager was honoured last night at the Manchester United end of season awards but is expected to lose out on a permanent role as Manchester boss with current Dutch boss Louis van Gaal expected to take up the role.

Van Gaal's appointment will not be confirmed until after Ryan Giggs' final game of his interim spell as player-manager on Sunday at Southampton.

Giggs could play on for another year, join the new manager's backroom staff or manage at another club.

The Welshman picked up the United lifetime achievement award at Thursday night's ceremony at Old Trafford - an honour usually reserved in sport for those coming towards the end of their careers.

But Giggs insists he has not yet made his mind up yet.

"I have not decided," the 40-year-old said.

"I am too busy trying to prepare a team for Southampton and that is my priority at the moment.

"When the season ends I will go away and think about what I want to do next.

"I said five or six years ago that if my career ended tomorrow I would be happy so every year is a bonus.

"I still enjoy training and playing but I have really enjoyed the last couple of weeks so it has been a good experience to take me on to the next chapter of my life."

Giggs is sure United will perform much better next season.

"It's been a disappointing season but if you are a proper club, which we are, you always bounce back," said Giggs, who made his debut for United in 1991.

"In football you have setbacks. In my first full season we lost out to Leeds in the league and I was sat in the dressing room as an 18 year-old watching grown men cry.

"We came back the next year and won the league for the first time in 26 years and there is not a doubt in my mind that we will be back next year, we will be challenging and that is what proper clubs do - they have setbacks and come back stronger."

Goalkeeper David de Gea took home the main two awards of the evening.

De Gea topped a fans' poll to win Player of the Year and the Spaniard's team-mates voted him Players' Player of the Year.

Wayne Rooney won goal of the year for his volley from the halfway line against West Ham.

James Wilson, who scored twice on his first-team debut against Hull on Tuesday, won Academy Player of the Year.


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