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
His absence was expected to leave a gaping hole in United’s
attacking arsenal, with a regular source of goals having been
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
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
“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.”