Ryan Giggs is Mr Manchester United, no other professional at the club embodies the ideology, belief and example of everything positive about the current side better than the Welshman.
David Moyes deserves massive praise for getting him on board quickly because he’s such a key figure and there have been suggestions in the Independent that he’s been drafted into a position of authority to help with the Wayne Rooney situation.
At the moment, that still looks a little in the balance with the club saying Rooney needs to ask for an official transfer request if he wants to go and the player making it clear he wants the club to tell the fans he didn’t ask for one in the first place.
Either way, Giggs is in a good position where he can do a lot of the leg work for David Moyes when it comes to talking to Rooney over getting him to stay at Old Trafford.
Regardless of Rooney’s ego, Giggs is one of the few current players and coaches that he will listen to because he speaks with the backing if such massive experience.
Giggs has spent a very long time in football and the fact he’s only ever been a one club man, means he knows Manchester United inside out and will have a good idea over where he thinks the club will go under the new manager.
Giggs is well placed to stress things like the chances of silverware Rooney has at United, how he can repair any relationship with the fans and any other logical aspect to Rooney staying at United.
He’s also the perfect example himself that Sir Alex Ferguson and his coaching regime is gone, because Fergie may not have offered Giggs the role he’s going to enjoy over the course of next season.
That’s important because it’s an example that all hints of the Ferguson regime being left behind are being removed, giving the club and Rooney that fresh start which he seems to have been craving.
Giggs can stress that as a positive of David Moyes’ arrival and eventually he will be key in Rooney’s transition to more of a midfield based player, which is something the striker has accepted will happen at a later point in his career.
Giggs is a great example of how players can play well into their 30s, close to 40, if they keep themselves fit and look after themselves so he knows how Rooney should nurse his career as he gets older.
Ultimately, it’s going to come down to how much Rooney wants to stay and how much the club ants to keep him but Moyes seems to already be thinking outside the box over how to give himself a better chance of keeping one of the club’s better players.
How do you think Giggs can help Rooney? Are his words irrelevant in the striker’s decision?
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