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Name Ryan Giggs
Gender Male
Ethnic Welsh
Job Welsh Footballer
  Wales Manager
Desc 13 titles. 672 Premier League appearances. 114 goals. Another player who adapted his game as he grew older, proving his class across multiple roles. First he was the wiry winger, beating statuesque defends with his mazy footwork and turn of pace. Then, as the years ticked by and the shock of black hair grew steadily shorter, he moved into the middle, dominating matches with his composure and outstanding passing range

Affiliation

Org Welsh National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
Owner Salford City

Affiliation

Teammate David Beckham
  Paul Scholes
  Roy Keane
  Phil Neville
  Gary Neville

Notes

Salford City Gary Neville, along with his brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes is a co-owner of Salford City

2009 07 10 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs name Diego Maradona as his heroes] That goal he scored against England – not that Hand of God goal – was absolutely amazing

2019 06 07 Retrieve

[Giggs said after Daniel James netted a goal against Slovakia in only his second appearance for his country] Daniel James’s brought his club form to the international stage. I’m delighted. His overall game was fantastic but to top it with a goal was great and he was just a threat all day. He will be with that pace but he’s got much more. He can go either side, he’s intelligent and he works hard. He’s a great lad and I’m delighted he got the winning goal because that’s what you want. When you’ve got that raw pace you’re a threat at any level. He’s played up front as well, which will help him because that gives you an appreciation because if you’re playing those balls into a centre-forward you know exactly what to do

2019 09 06 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs is tipping a fellow Welsh winger Daniel James to follow in his footsteps by becoming a Red Devils star] It’s a club where they love wingers. They love people running at people and exciting the fans. We all know what Dan is capable of. What he has done especially over the last eight or nine months - he just gets better and better. He is at the right club. Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] will look after him in the right way - know when to play him. I am pleased for Dan. He won’t get carried away - he’s that sort of character, really down to earth, and he is at the right club to keep his feet on the ground.

I haven’t been surprised because he had a good pre-season. When you sign for a new club that’s what you want - to play nearly every game in pre-season. Then when you come on and score that gives you a lift. It doesn’t matter who you are in the world or what kind of ability you have got, confidence is everything and confidence builds. Dan has got off to a great start in his Manchester United career but also he has been brilliant for us in the last few games, especially in the summer under difficult circumstances

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[Brain injury charity criticises Giggs and James over concussion ‘acting’] Dan James went down and stayed down, a bit of acting really. The medical staff went over. He was compos mentis. We did tests at half-time and he passed them. He’s fine.

2014 04 26 Retrieve

[Giggs states at his media briefing after given the role on an interim basis] Sir Alex Ferguson was the first person I picked the phone up to

2014 11 12 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs on Maradona] The best of all time is Maradona. I admired him in the World Cups of 1986 and 1990 and the arc of his career. Today there are so many strong players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the things I have seen Maradona do I have never seen anyone else achieve in football history

2014 11 29 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs on Xavi] It is never nice to lose a record, but the fact that I’m now sharing it with someone of Xavi’s calibre makes it a bit less bad. Xavi is a bit like a chess player. He is always two or three steps ahead of everybody else. For me, he is one of the greatest players ever who played

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs on Thierry Henry] As a football fan I enjoy watching Thierry Henry, and some of the goals he scored last year were frightening. He’s one of those player where you know what he’s going to do but you just can’t stop it. He’s so quick, so strong and so confident. It feels like every game he’s going to score a goal

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] The best crosser of the ball I have ever seen. You would make a run and he would put the ball into your path without having to break stride. A brilliant footballer

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] You never felt you were beaten when Keaney was in your team. He never threw in the towel. I don’t think any of the rest of us were less determined to win than Keaney, but what makes him different is the way he gets it across, his anger if you like. More than any other player I’ve seen, he affects players around him

2015 11 29 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] The best captain I played under. A brilliant player who led by example. He would be the first name on my team sheet

2015 11 30 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] Every training session would be like a cup final; he would drive you on in every single game, and he was one of the reasons we got so many late goals, he would drive the team forward. With him in the team you always felt like you had a chance

2015 12 29 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] He had that skill of [knowing] have you got to put your arm round someone or have you got to lose your temper to get the best out of them. I remember him having a go at me at half-time and I had the sort of attitude that ‘Right, I’ll show him’. And I played well in the second half, so then he quickly knew how I would respond to him losing his temper. That followed me for the next 20 years, so it was a big mistake early on.

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] The thing that amazed me and frustrated me at times was his man-management. I’d never seen him have a go at Eric Cantona for example. Some of the players would resent that: ‘why is he not having a go at Cantona? He’s missed a penalty. Or why is he not having a go at Cantona? He’s had an awful game.’ The manager knew in the long-run that he would come good. That he would produce the goods at the right time. His man-management was second to none

2016 02 16 Retrieve

[Quotes on Lilians Thuram] Thuram always made it difficult for United when we played Juventus in the Champions League. He was really sharp when moving the ball out from the back, but he was also very athletic, so he’d win a lot of headers and physical battles. But his experience made him great too. He could read games really well

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quote on Roberto Carlos] Roberto Carlos is amazing. He’s a brilliant defender, but his biggest strength is his ability to get from box to box all the time. He’s got so much energy. He’s so quick and strong that he’s always making you defend rather than the other way round. And he can be lethal from set pieces too

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand] He was a brilliant leader, brilliant in the air and a great defender

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[Quote on Gary Neville] He was England’s No 1 for so many years and he was so consistent. His biggest quality was his positional play, he was always in the right position

2016 04 03 Retrieve

[Quote on Sir Bobby Charlton] He epitomises Manchester United

2016 07 09 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs said ‘farewell’ to Manchester United, a club he has been with since the age of 14] After 29 seasons at Manchester United as a player and assistant manager, I know winning is in the DNA of this club - giving youth a chance, and playing attacking and exciting football. It’s healthy to have high expectations, it’s right to expect to win. Manchester United expects, deserves, nothing less. This is why it is a huge decision for me to step away from the club that has been my life since the age of 14. It has not been a decision that I have made lightly. I’ll take away so many special memories as well as a lifetime of experiences that will, I hope, serve me well in the future

2017 07 22 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs talks about an important figure in his life during the early days of his playing career] My first Sunday League team manager was a man called Dennis Schofield, who was a milkman. He was on the way home from his milk round, stopped off, seen me playing football for my primary school, watched me play, approached my mum, and said ‘I understand you’re the mum of Ryan, does he play for a team?’
No, he doesn’t
‘Can he come down for a game on Sunday?
‘Yeah he’d love to’, then my mum introduced me to Dennis, picked me up, went to the game, dropped me off, and he did that for the next two-three years, looked after me, and someone that still works to this day at Deans [Youth and Ladies FC]
He very often volunteers, not getting paid, and just my best mate, I met that Sunday. My best mate to this day, so it’s not only learning about football, you’re meeting friends as well

2017 08 12 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs tells that Zinedine Zidane was the best player he faced] You couldn’t get the ball off him, he was massive. He was physically strong, obviously technically good, mentality good, he was the best surprise I’ve ever had on a football pitch. Actually, I wasn’t on the football pitch, I was lining up to play against him against Juventus and I just stood next to him and he was just massive, you see him on the television and you just thought he wasn’t that big. He wasn’t an overly physical player but he used his body in the right way and you couldn’t get the ball off him

2017 09 16 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs speaks about the impact that the FIFA U-17 World Cup] In EURO 2016 my country, Wales, had never been to a major championship for 60 years and they got to the semi-final and the impact it had on Wales as a country was huge not only for the next couple of months, but actually a generation. So, you have a generation watching Wales in a major championship, exciting the whole family and you will remember that forever. So, if India get it right with the U-17 World Cup, then it will last for a long time, which can only be good for football in India

2017 12 23 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs tells he tried to get Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to sign Kylian Mbappe and Gabriel Jesus during his time as assistant coach] I watched Gabriel Jesus play three years ago. I watched Mbappe for a year. I was watching them with the scout and it was a no-brainer. It was just like, ‘Get them’. It would have been £5 million or something – get them, loan them back – and that’s where the recruitment could have been better

2018 01 20 Retrieve

[New Wales manager Ryan Giggs speaks at his opening press conference] I am so proud to have been given the honour of managing the national team. The challenges we have ahead with the Nations League and qualification for Euro 2020 excite me a great deal. I can’t wait to start working with the players as we prepare for those crucial games later in the year

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs tells that Cristiano Ronaldo still has six years left in the tank] He is no longer the player that he was when he was at 19, 20 but he has adapted his game. He went from a winger, who used to beat people, make goals, score goals to now really just an out-and-out goalscorer, and he scores every type of goal, headers, goals in the six-yard box, free-kicks and every type of goal. He is also the best professional I have played with. The way he looked after himself, not only in training but also away from the pitch. The way that he eats, the way that he conducts himself. So, I’m not surprised that he is still playing and still at the top of his game. Ronaldo, if you look at him, he still looks after himself. So, if he still has that hunger, that desire and enjoying it like I said, he can still go until 40 I think

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Ryan Giggs talks about Eric Cantona] I think he knows how fast the full back can run too and often when Eric gets the ball you can’t conceive that a pass is on, but you have to make the run and get ahead of the defender because, just as it looks as if he’s lost it, he’ll pop it through his marker’s legs and out to you

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Quote on Zlatan] He’s someone who, as a player, you see him walk into the dressing room and you see a winner, you see a character and you’re seeing a bit of class. As a team-mate it lifts you. These are the signings that will lift the Manchester United team and that’s what you want

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Giggs explains why he learned more from Van Gaal than Ferguson] Obviously I had different international managers, but that’s only obviously a short space of time. That’s why I talk about Louis (van Gaal), regarding my coaching, because I’m actually two years in the meetings, [taking] responsibility, and I talk so fondly of him because that was really my first coaching role. Whereas when you’re playing, you don’t know the preparation

You don’t know what the manager’s seen on the videos. Players get seven or eight minutes of watching the opposition, but the coaching staff watch hours and hours

So that is completely different, it’s completely different, even though you’ve worked under a manager for so long. It was more sort of the man-management and the different things that Sir Alex would do that I’ve picked up on, whereas with Louis obviously I’ve seen first-hand different systems, why you play the different systems, the reasons for this and the reasons for that, It was a really good experience

Amazing experience, amazing, and one, really, that made my mind up that I wanted to become a manager. I would say up until then that I was still unsure

I just felt comfortable. I felt comfortable decision-making. I felt comfortable in that position. It was a brilliant experience. I was still doing my pro licence, but actually being in the job, having to make the decisions, all the pressure that you put yourself under, you can’t prepare yourself for that

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[The attacks became personal, with some criticising his Spanish and others - even team-mates such as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - mocking him for playing golf and staying in rather than socialising at night] I remember the original Ronaldo getting stick off Real Madrid fans. I remember Cristiano getting stick early doors. It’s that kind of club. It’s a club like no other where the white handkerchiefs come out if they don’t like you. That’s just the way it is