Neville reveals Fergie/Moyes difference: Has Giggs been incorrectly used?

Ryan Giggs

Former Manchester United mainstay explains how Sir Alex Ferguson used Ryan Giggs.

Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs, an ageless wonder at 40 and an athlete who continually beats 'father-time' to belie his years, may have been incorrectly used by current managerial incumbent David Moyes, particularly when compared to how Giggs was utilised by previous boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Against Olympiacos on Wednesday evening, in a match where victory by at least two goals was a pre-requisite if the club were to keep a hold of their status as Champions League competitors - providing their fans with one thing to at least cheer for, Giggs was instrumental in ensuring United won by three, thus securing their progression into the quarter-final stage.

Robin van Persie may have scored all three but Giggs was successful with 80% of his passing, 80% of his corner-taking, 40% of his crossing, made four interceptions and completed one take-on - his performance even prompted the Sky Sports studio to compare him to a Rolls Royce, to paraphrase, infrequently used but when it's taken for a cruise it sounds stupendous.

Giggs' class and his sporadic utilisation under Moyes perplexed former United star defender and current Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville, though: I don't know why he hasn't been playing Giggs more. He hasn't played him now for about two months, usually Ryan Giggs would play every two or three weeks. He usually gets his games handpicked for him."

Neville touched upon a key difference between the man-management of Sir Alex Ferguson and Moyes, with the allusion that the former understood the significance of the contributions provided by his elder statesmen, such as Giggs and Paul Scholes, and granted them a two week period to prepare.

"Ferguson would say, 'right you're playing in two weeks' time'. That's not happened in the last few weeks. Maybe David Moyes has thought he needs to look at the younger ones for next season.

"Tonight he needed big performances and he got one from Ryan Giggs, he got one from David De Gea and he got one from Danny Welbeck. They were the three key players on the night."

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