Owen, Van der Sar & more: Twitter reacts to Giggs’s new Man United deal
Rio Ferdinand, Edwin van der Sar and Michael Owen all tweet their thoughts after Ryan Giggs pens a new Manchester United deal
Ryan Giggs was the toast of Twitter after the Manchester United veteran penned a one-year contract extension on the eve of his 1000th senior appearance for club and country.
The former Wales international, who will turn 40 in November, is set to continue playing until the summer of 2014 as he looks to add to his 12 Premier League titles, two European Cups and four FA Cups.
Here is the best of the Twitter reaction to Giggs’s new deal from his current and former team-mates and the general football world.
Retired Red Devils goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) pays tribute to his old team-mate: “Never been ill that many times during my playing career that lasted 22 years! #Giggs going on for another year #Manutd! #Legend”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) praises United’s age-defying star: “Ryan Giggs signs for another year at MUFC. A quite extraordinary achievement. The man is defying Father time.”
United centre-half Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) hails his team-mate: “1000 games + still counting! Phenomenal! #Giggs”
Stoke striker Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) reckons Giggs’s feat will never be emulated: “Giggs has signed a 1 year extension at United. By the time he quits, it will be impossible for anybody to ever attain the stats he has.”
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) is left speechless by the Welsh wizard: “Giggs signed for another year, 1000th game tomorrow. Words can’t describe what an achievement that is at a club like Man United #amazing!”
Ex-Norwich defender and Welshman Iwan Roberts (@iwanwroberts) has his say: “What an achievement Ryan Giggs due to play his 1000th game for Utd against the canaries tomorrow.”
Former Middlesbrough star Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) reckons his grandchildren will face the eternally youthful midfielder: “I said am looking forward to tell my grandchildren that I played with Giggs. CORRECTION! My grandchildren will play against him too. #MUFC
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) reckons Giggs is the Premier League’s greatest-ever: “To stay at a club like Man United for so long.. play at the level he has.. win the amount he has.. surely the prems greatest ever player?? #Giggs”
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) agrees with Morris: “The greatest ever Premier League player signs another one-year deal… Played in his teens, 20s, 30s and now 40s… #Giggs”
And all on a special day for the Welsh, as Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) reminds us:
“Morning everyone! About to head into training, have a great St David’s Day!”