Revealed: Stats show whether Giggs has deteriorated - should he play?

Ryan Giggs

HITC:Sport chart Ryan Giggs' rate of deterioration in past three seasons demonstrating why Manchester United's interim manager should NOT select himself.

Manchester United's interim player-manager Ryan Giggs may be capable of the odd strong performance now and then, highlighted perfectly by how he dictated the flow of the Red Devils' superb 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16, but when it comes to Premier League competition there is a notable declining of standards in the Welshman's play.

  Mins/ TouchPass AccAvg PassMins/ ChanceMins/ TackleAssistGoalAppsMins
Giggs 1.11 80.22 40.44 32.58 52.36 8 2 25 1,466

When Giggs dominated the middle of the park against the Greeks in March, there was an argument that he should be introduced to the starting line-up more frequently, however, the above data table compared to the one below and at the bottom of this page, highlight just how much the United veteran, now 40-years-old, has deteriorated in the past three seasons, this term included.

The data table above shows he made 25 Premier League appearances in 2011-12 and in that time returned a respectable statistic of making a touch on the football once every 1.11 minutes - good, for a player in the middle of the park, he should be on the ball. He also had an 80% passing accuracy, attempted around 40 passes per appearance, created a chance every half hour, completed a tackle every 52 minutes and directly attempted the scoreline once every 146 minutes thanks to eight assists and two goals.

He failed to emulate that in his combined performances for 2012-13, as seen below.

  Mins/ TouchPass AccAvg PassMins/ ChanceMins/ TackleAssistGoalAppsMins
Giggs 1.32 81.26 28.86 48.29 26.34 3 2 22 1,159

He only made three fewer appearances in the 2012-13 season than he did the year before, but was on the ball less (one touch every 1.32 minutes compared to 1.11). He did have a slightly higher passing accuracy, yet he attempted 12 fewer on average per match, created a chance at an inferior rate and affected the scoreline once every 231 minutes, as opposed to 146 minutes.

His combined output in the Premier League this season shows a continued decline in standards.

  Mins/ TouchPass AccAvg PassMins/ ChanceMins/ TackleAssistGoalAppsMins
Giggs 1.34 82.59 24.55 60.38 80.50 0 0 11 483

While Giggs is on the ball a similar amount (one touch every 1.34 minutes) this year, he again has contributed far less when it comes to average passes per appearance. He is also much less creative, seldomly completes a tackle and is yet to affect the scoreline despite 483 minutes.

With his recent promotion, he may well be unlikely to feature in the remaining Premier League fixtures - despite opting for experience in his first game bossing the dugout, a 4-0 triumph over Norwich City last Saturday - as he conceded that he did not have time to even train on the week of his temporary appointment.

But at his current rate of deterioration, he may be far less capable of providing a goal-scoring chance in the space of one match, let alone a game-changing assist - something other members of the senior roster are, in contrast, more than capable of - Juan Mata.

With his new coaching, team selecting and man-management skills on show, perhaps now is the time Giggs focuses on the next stage of his career - to mastermind the glory, rather than be the player responsible for it.

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