Rooney: Bayer centre-half was asking how Giggs is still playing

German media’s envy a model for Leverkusen as they seem to have too much respect before the game?

German media railed today about “oldie“ Ryan Giggs, who will celebrate his 40th birthday tomorrow. You get the feeling that it is more envy then respect for the Manchester United player, who recorded 666 appearances in his career and still plays on a high level.

In yesterday’s Champions League return leg against Bundesliga’s Bayer Leverkusen Giggs (3) created more goal scoring opportunities than any other United player, barring Wayne Rooney (4).

German media has no right to criticise but it might be a good model for Leverkusen next time as they seem to have too much respect for the big names from Manchester United.

The 28-year-old Rooney revealed the level of respect by the German team by saying according to the The Telegraph:

"I've run out of things to say about Ryan," Rooney said. "Actually, during the game, the Bayer centre-half was asking how he is still playing at that age.

"I certainly won't be playing at that age, that's for sure. His composure on the ball is great."

Interesting quotes that backed my demand for directional microphones on the sideline to capture sound bite of referees and players, like in the NFL.

Another aspect of this is Bayer Leverkusen’s self-confidence that was shred even before the game started. Sami Hyypia’s side lead by striker Stefan Kießling were raving about their home field advantage before the game, but they couldn’t transfer their praises on to the pitch.

Like in the past Leverkusen did not play up to their potential against big name teams as they haven’t won against Manchester United yet. They might feel more as a fan then as a opponent facing the Red Devils and Rooney’s comments support that theory.

Hopefully they didn’t line up to get autographs from Wayne Rooney or Ryan Giggs to fully disgrace themselves.

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