Norwich City 1 Man United 2: Ferguson hails ‘amazing’ Giggs
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Ryan Giggs' late winner was a fitting way for the midfielder to celebrate his 900th appearance
Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Manchester United’s “amazing” Ryan Giggs after the midfielder sealed a 2-1 victory over Norwich City on his 900th appearance for the club on Sunday.
The 38-year-old finally reached the milestone at Carrow Road in a dramatic game after Grant Holt’s strike in the 82nd minute had cancelled out Paul Scholes’ first-half goal.
But Giggs, who has won a staggering 12 Premier League titles since his debut in 1991, turned Ashley Young’s cross past John Ruddy to snatch a vital three points for United.
“To score the winning goal with the last kick of the ball in his 900th game, I think his career deserved that,” Ferguson told United’s website. “It was a marvellous finish and a great cross from Ashley Young.
“For a player to play for one club for 900 games is exceptional and it won’t be done again – an amazing career and an amazing man.”
Paul Scholes gave the visitors the lead in the seventh minute with a trademark close-range header. Norwich responded and David de Gea excelled in the United goal, making a number of key saves.
The Spanish goalkeeper was finally beaten by Holt with eight minutes remaining, but Giggs popped up to ensure the Red Devils stay two points behind league leaders Manchester City.
And Ferguson believes United’s late winner will give the defending champions a timely boost in the title run-in.
“It’s a great result and it will have an impact,” Ferguson added. “Everyone knows we never give in and no matter who plays us they know they’re going to have to play right until the very death.
“I have to say though we were lucky. Norwich were the better team and they had more purpose about them. They kept crossing the ball into our box and but for Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand and David De Gea we’d have been behind. The three of them were brilliant.
“Norwich deserved a point really today, but we scored a great winning goal and that was when you saw the real Manchester United.”