With the retirement of Ryan Giggs, Manchester United’s last link to a world before the Premier League has been severed.
Thus, the question has been asked: Was Giggs the greatest player of the Sir Alex Ferguson era?
Well, no. He was not. Giggs is the greatest player who had played for the club, full stop.
There are three players of the Ferguson era whose contributions mark them out for special recognition.
Paul Scholes, the footballers’ footballer, Eric Cantona, commonly seen as the catalyst for United’s conversion from contenders to champions, and Roy Keane, the heartbeat of the Treble-winning side of 1999.
But Giggs was at the club longer. He was one of the best wingers. And he had more appearances, more medals, more sustained excellence at the very top of the English game.
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