In one of those strange twists of fate, today is exactly 22 years to the day since a willowy teenager called Ryan Giggs stepped onto the pitch for the first time in the United first eleven. It is also his 100th career match, an almost unbelievable achievement in the modern game. He has just signed a new one year deal that will span next season, so it is likely that he will eclipse Paulo Maldini`s record of 1028 career games, when he retired aged 41.
10 years ago, there was a feeling that recurrent hamstring type injuries would bring an early ends to an already glittering career, however, amidst much sniggering from team-mates, Giggs took up yoga. It has elongated his career to its current day position. Not only that, but in his new position of midfield, he is able to use all his knowledge and experience gained over all of those years to good effect, so much so, that he has maintained his amazing record of scoring in every season since he started playing.
Looking forward to today’s match against Norwich, despite their unexpected victory over Everton last week, it will be a tall order for them today. Norwich has not won at Old Trafford since 1989! Even more odd is the fact that the last time that United lost this season was way back in November last year. The opponents that day were, would you believe, Norwich; United losing 1-0.
With Robin Van Persie recovered from his back injury last week, Sir Alex will have almost a full contingent of players to choose from, with only Paul Scholes and Phil Jones still absent. Sir Alex surprised everyone with his team selection before the Champions League match against Real Madrid, by picking a strong squad for the prior Premier League match. It is likely that he will still pick a strong squad for today’s match as he wants to ensure that the team regains the Premier League Title they lost so agonisingly last year.
They will still be favourites to be Real Madrid at home on Tuesday, but Sir Alex is on a mission this season to get back the title yet again. With Manchester City not playing until tomorrow, it will be another chance to ramp up the pressure on City coach Mancini by reinstating their 15 point lead at the top with just 10 games left.