Manchester United carried out one of their more mundane and routine victories against QPR at Loftus Road yesterday. Despite not setting the world alight or indeed playing badly United produced a comfortable display of efficiency that until Sunday evening at least leaves them 15 points clear at the top of the table.
There were a few major talking points after the game. Rafael’s sumptuous half-volley, Robin Van Persie’s unfortunate hip injury which United fans will hope is not as serious as feared and of course the performance of the evergreen Ryan Giggs.
The veteran midfielder scored the second of United’s goals and then came within inches of grabbing a second goal with a delicate chip that had Paul Merson in the Soccer Saturday studio purring like a content kitty.
He wasn’t the only one admiring Giggs’ contribution to the game as his manager Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to sing his praises as well:
“You have to get that second goal and Ryan Giggs has a great record of scoring here. He's delivered again - he's an amazing man,”
The performance was all the more impressive when you consider that the fixture was the Welshman’s 999th senior appearance in professional football; leaving many fans, pundits and fellow pros in awe of his achievement.
Here is some of the reaction from Twitter:
How amazing is Ryan Giggs? Still bossing the Prem, 23 years later.
Hajala Howolaby @Smallmoney20
Amazing player, extraordinary athlete & a true gentleman. It's an honor to watch Ryan Giggs play
Ryan Giggs #Legend Will tear you apart again.
Shivanand Desai @Shiva_RedDEVIL
Ryan Giggs made his Manchester United debut and scored his first competitive goal before Rafael da Silva had even reached his 1St birthday
Shaun Thompson @TeamToDieFor
Ryan Giggs yesterday: Receives the ball, casually looks at linesman, thinks about what to do next, 0-2.
Olly Taylor @OllyTaylor97
When will Ryan Giggs lose it? #stillalegend
Jamie Knox @knoxy1982
Ryan Giggs,scores on his 999 career appearance as a 39 year old! #toppro
Michael Cox @Zonal_Marking
I wish that Ryan Giggs chip had gone in. The chippiest chip I've ever seen
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