Giggs: United not missing Ronaldo

Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs insists little has changed at

Manchester United since Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit in the summer.

The Portuguese winger blossomed into the best player on the

planet during his time at Old Trafford, but opted to take on a

fresh challenge when Real Madrid lodged a record-breaking bid in

June.

His absence was expected to leave a gaping hole in United’s

attacking arsenal, with a regular source of goals having been

offloaded.

However, the Red Devils have fared admirably in his absence

and veteran midfielder Giggs believes Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are

as fearsome as ever – regardless of the changes in personnel.

“Cristiano is one of the best players in the world but I have

to be honest and say I haven’t noticed much of a difference since

he left,” Giggs said in The People.

“We have never been a one-man team and we still have more or

less the same group of players, with a couple of additions.

“We all knew Cristiano wanted to play for Madrid and when he

got the chance he took it.

“He wasn’t a Manc and we knew one day he would leave, but

there are no hard feelings – why should there be?

“He is one of the best I have ever played with and a really

nice lad, but we knew Madrid was where he wanted to be one day and

he got his wish, so good luck to him.”

Giggs, who turned 36 in November, remains as integral a part

of United’s plans as he has ever been, and the Welsh wizard claims

he has no plans to call time on his distinguished career any time

soon.

He added: “I still have the energy to enjoy everything that

goes with training.

“When the season is finished I get restless. I can only sleep

about five hours a night when the season isn’t on and there is no

training because I can honestly say I don’t get tired.

“I still don’t find the daily routine boring. I have said

before that when I stop caring that’s when it will be time to give

up.

“The Villa defeat the other week hurt me, and that reflects

in training. When defeats stop hurting and you don’t want to train,

then you know it is probably time to hang up your boots.”