Ryan Giggs’ final Manchester United mission

Ryan Giggs could have been kept on for another year by Sir Alex Ferguson for a very simple job.

That job could be to effectively mentor Wayne Rooney as he plays more and more of an attacking midfield type role in the current United side.

Rooney has shown a desire to play in the middle of the team over the last couple of matches and there are few better players at United currently than Giggs, when it comes to knowing how to play various midfield roles in the side.

It may have been in the back of Fergie’s mind that he could use Giggs to effectively turn Rooney into what he has become in the later stage of his 30s, a reliable and experienced middle man.

Rooney’s performance in central midfield against Stoke City saw him look so comfortable in that role than even when he started as a number ten against Aston Villa, he frequently dropped off into midfield areas to spend time on the ball.

His effectiveness in a midfield role has been proven via his superb range of passing skills and that pass he played for Robin Van Persie’s second goal against Villa on Monday night.

Giggs can help Rooney in two basic ways and the first relates to his fitness, as there have been clear signs Rooney has been fatigued, as he’s been subbed off late in games looking tired.

There is nothing personal going on between Rooney and Ferguson, his substitutions have just come as a consequence of his midfield play which is more physically demanding than any other position in the team

Giggs is the perfect model when it comes to staying trim and ensuring that he can play for as long as is possible.

If Rooney is going to be turned into more of a midfield player over the final chunk of his career, Giggs can play a key role and ensuring his cardiovascular fitness stays strong enough for him to be able to do that.

Giggs can also help Rooney focus his midfield game and his midfield play for the times when he does play in that position or when he drops off into the midfield looking for the ball.

There are various parts of the midfield game, which Giggs has mastered; playing centrally, holding, playing down the left, playing as an attacking midfielder behind a striker and many more.

He can also help Rooney to ensure he doesn’t forget about his natural attacking qualities, with the biggest worry over a midfield role being that he may become less of a goal threat.

However, if he’s allowed to do a Messi type job in the middle of United’s team, he’ll effectively have a free role and that’s something which could make him even more dangerous than he currently is.

How important do you think Giggs is to Rooney’s future?

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