Giggs: United not missing Ronaldo

BY foxsports • December 20, 2009

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."

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