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Sir Alex Ferguson pushing for Giggs Knighthood – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 4th, 2010 by Ian

Sir Alex Ferguson pushing for Giggs Knighthood
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Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson believes the club’s legendary Welsh midfielder Ryan Giggs should receive a knighthood. Sir Alex recently said he’s been pushing for the 36-year-old Giggs to be honoured the same way he was for his fine contributions and successes in the game of football.

Ferguson wrote the foreword to ‘My Life My Story’, which is Giggs’ new book, that the midfielder has achieved at least as much, if not more than Sir Clive Woodward managed when he led England’s rugby team to the World Cup championship in 2003. Ferguson said he’d love to write ‘Sir Ryan Giggs’ on his team sheet one day for his achievements in the sport, which include over 850 games for United and 64 for Wales. He’s scored over 150 times for his club and added 12 more for his country.

In fact, Giggs holds numerous records and is the most decorated footballer in English league history. He has won 11 top-flight English league championship medals and won became the first player to ever win the PFA Young Player of the Year awards two years in a row, in 1992 and 93. He’s the only player to have played and scored in every season of the English Premier League since it began.

He is the first player to have scored in 11 straight UEFA Champions League seasons and was elected in 2007 to the PFA Team of the Century as well as the Team of the Decade in 2003 and the FA Cup Team of the Century. He holds the United club record for appearances and was once the youngest player to play for Wales. Giggs received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) award in 2007 and was inducted in 2005 into the English Football Hall of Fame. He was then named the Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC in 2009.

Ferguson went on to say he’d like to see Giggs, Gary Neville, and Paul Scholes all stay with the club after retiring as players as they know Manchester United inside out and are a part of the club’s family. He added they’d make great coaches and/or managers in the future. Giggs wrote in his book that he was surprised when David Beckham left United in 2004 because he was such a fan of the club and that same atmosphere couldn’t be found anywhere else.

Only time will tell if Giggs ever receives a knighthood, but the odds are looking pretty good when you consider what he’s done over the years.

 
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