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Experienced United Stars Still a Threat

By | 18th September 2009

scholes-and-fergiePaul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have been  irreplaceable figures at Manchester United for nearly twenty years now. When Scholes’ name is mentioned, it is difficult to not picture him dressed in the red jersey as he has been a member of the prestigious club since he was 14 years old.

A similar story applies to Ryan Giggs. The Wales international has enjoyed a magnificent career at United since 1987, when he played for the youth teams. It took him four years to break into the senior team and, from then on, he has been a protagonist in numerous historic United matches.

The two midfielders are now in the wronger side of thirty – Scholes, 34 and Giggs, 36 - but still present a huge threat to opposing teams. The latest example was offered by Scholes’  strike 13 minutes from time against Besiktas in Istanbul on Tuesday. It was all United needed to come out victorious in their first Champions League match of the season.

Even though he didn’t feature in that match, Giggs has welcomed the new season as the PFA Player’s Player, an award he received in April for his contribution to the team last year. Plus he has already scored against Spurs, mantaining his record of scoring in every Premiership season since its inception.

While superstars like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have come and gone, it is these guys – with Gary Neville included – who are the backbone of what United is today. Their examples, professionalism, and hard work have shaped hundreds of young players over the years. It is not too far-fetched to say that their guidance and support have developed players like Rooney, Ronaldo, Evra, and Park.

Sir Alex Ferguson is the point man when it comes to the development of such players. Still, he wouldn’t have been able to grow such outstanding playmakers if it wasn’t for the loyalty and compromise of Giggs and Scholes. They might be the reason why Ferguson felt he didn’t need a great number of new signings after the departure of the mercurial Ronaldo.

It might be a time of rethinking for Ferguson as both players’ contracts expire next year, and Scholes has already hinted that he might be hanging up his boots at the end of this season. Also, reports have linked the star with his childhood club, Oldham Athletic.

The legendary manager might not make it so easy, however, as he is not in favor of letting Scholes go.

“Once you have played for United for as long as he has, what else are you going to do? I have read that stuff about playing for Oldham in his last year. No chance!” Ferguson said.

Giggs on the other hand, insists that he will not keep his playing career going in a lower league and has decided that when it ends – whenever that is – he will move on to coaching.

Is there still more in the tank for these United legends or is retirement in the near future? Have your say below!

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