BotN: Giggs causes concern with ageing legs, tendency to invoke Ã¢ÂÂFair CatchÃ¢ÂÂ rule
The Manchester United veteran is keeping it old school, as Back of the Net's Paul Watson reports...
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Ryan GiggsÃ¢ÂÂ career may be winding down after the ageing midfielder marred todayÃ¢ÂÂs training session by repeatedly claiming a Ã¢ÂÂFair CatchÃ¢ÂÂ.
Undoubtedly one of the greats of his generation, Giggs has played nearly 650 games for Manchester United and won everything there is to win in the club game.
Giggs silenced talk of retirement in the summer, believing his body could withstand the challenges of another Premier League season, but he has become something of a fringe player this term
Physically, Giggs looks to have lost some of his sharpness, but more worrying is his recent tendency to call a Ã¢ÂÂFair CatchÃ¢ÂÂ in training Ã¢ÂÂ a rule that was repealed nearly 150 years ago.
Ã¢ÂÂRyan has been a fantastic servant to this club and I think he can still be a useful asset for us, but this could be his final season,Ã¢ÂÂ Sir Alex Ferguson told FourFourTwo.
Ã¢ÂÂObviously itÃ¢ÂÂs a worry to see him going up to catch high balls with his hands and expecting to be allowed to take a Ã¢ÂÂmarkÃ¢ÂÂ from 15 yards in front of the goal.
Ã¢ÂÂI donÃ¢ÂÂt know a single referee thatÃ¢ÂÂs going to be brave enough to give that in the Premier League.Ã¢ÂÂ
A confused Giggs, who turned up to training in a plain red shirt with a laced collar, flannel trousers and a cap, spent the second half of todayÃ¢ÂÂs session in an armchair where he was heard to speculate aloud on UnitedÃ¢ÂÂs chances of Ã¢ÂÂgiving those Blackheath boys what for.Ã¢ÂÂ
Blackheath Football Club have been a rugby team since they opted to leave the Football Association in 1870 Ã¢ÂÂ the same year that the official laws of association football were modified to outlaw the common practise of shooting a goalkeeper with a musket at corners.
Editor's note: this is satire and not a serious accusation - all quotes are fictionalised. But you knew that, because you're not stupid.
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