Ferguson hails Giggs

2012-02-27 08:44

Norwich - Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Ryan Giggs for the late winner that kept Manchester United within touching distance of leaders Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.

Giggs' goal in the second minute of stoppage time earned United a 2-1 win at Norwich City on Sunday. Paul Scholes had given United an early lead but that was cancelled out in the 83rd minute by a fine strike by City captain Grant Holt.

Ferguson was delighted his side had not fallen four points behind City, who had beaten Blackburn Rovers 3-0 on Saturday. Now they are two points adrift with both Manchester teams having 12 games still to play.

"Given the career Ryan has had, to score the winning goal with the last kick of the game, I think he deserved that," the Scot said.

"It was a marvellous cross from Ashley Young.

"But I have to say we were lucky today(Sunday), in the sense Norwich had more promise about them. I thought we were lethargic, too casual on the ball.

"Then when we lost the goal, we played brilliantly. That tells you something about the temperament, they do not get nervous and started to up their game, so that augurs well for us.

"The players know they should have done better during the game, and that is irrespective of Norwich being the better team, they just kept crossing that ball into the box."

Ferguson also praised goalkeeper David de Gea and central defensive pairing Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans for withstanding a fierce Norwich barrage.

"Without Ferdinand, Evans and De Gea, we would have been down," he said. "They were brilliant the three of them, in the second half."

Ferguson also found words for veteran Scholes, who had come out of retirement earlier in the season to answer his manager's call.

"I forgot about Scholesy scoring the first one," Ferguson admitted. "He and Giggs are the best players this club has ever had."

The result was hard on Paul Lambert, the Norwich manager, but he had been delighted by the way his players had responded to going behind so early in the game.

"We were excellent," he said. "But Manchester United have been doing that for 25 years. Norwich have also been scoring late goals so I suppose I need to take my own medicine. Now I know what it feels like

"But we gave it everything and I couldn't have asked for more. We were excellent but by the end we were running on empty and Manchester United come at you from all angles."

Scholes' seventh-minute goal was a simple header after Nani had picked him out at the back post with a cross from the right.

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy was needed to make saves from Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck on a day when Wayne Rooney was absent with a throat infection that will also keep him out of England's friendly with the Netherlands next week.

But de Gea was also busy and made impressive stops to deny Anthony Pilkington and Holt in the first half.

Holt made it 1-1 seven minutes from time with an impressive shot on the turn but Giggs then had the last word.

Lambert also paid homage to United's evergreens.

"The two of them are a huge part of Manchester United's history. They know how to win and they have won major tournaments. They are two fabulous footballers."


  • Stan - 2012-02-27 09:05

    All hail Sir Giggs!!

  • Jay - 2012-02-27 09:36

    This United Team keeps getting out of jail by way of last minute goals or 'freeby' penalities. Imagine their last few results without the 'oldies' of Scholes and Giggs. Last 12 games will prove that they will remain TROPHYLESS for 2012. Seems Man City will win more of their last 12 games, as they just have that little "extra" in extraordinary.

      Lu - 2012-02-27 10:14

      Jay, Man Utd have done it before and it will do it again. Man Utd to win this leaque they will have to take matter into their own hands when they will be defeating Man City at Ethihad to clinch the championship. All hail to Kind Giggs and Scholes.

      Deon - 2012-02-27 10:28

      Funny how all ABU's call it lucky etc, it doesn't matter if you score in the first or ninety 93rd min to win as long as the ball goes into the net. Instead of critising and calling it lucky etc, maybe you should say well done for United's never say die attitude that has got them points when most team give up. Must be jealously because there teams give up towards the end and settle.

      John - 2012-02-27 10:32

      12 games is a long way to go. Man U have been there and done it many times before. City will start feeling the pressure. My money is with United.

      Sagren - 2012-02-27 11:13

      hey ..... ass - you heard the govner - UTD played badly ... what more do you want? at least UTD did not win as patethically as Liverpool in the CC. Man if we won like that I would never ever never talk about it let alone celebrate it.

      Barrie - 2012-02-27 13:40

      Hey sagren, a bit of jealousy in that statement...Ha....!! Jog On...

      Bob - 2012-02-27 15:42

      Sagren, the difference is Liverpool play the opposition off the park most matches and get nothing out of it, whereas the scum utd get played off the park and walk off with the points, been happening for years now, usually with the help of a certain Howard Webb, at least my Liverpool are the best team in Liverpool, the scum are only the second best team in Manchester.

  • Bob - 2012-02-27 09:53

    Bet they are good mates Fergie Scholes and Giggs, well they are all about the same age group.

      Topsy - 2012-02-27 11:30

      isn't giggs older than fergie?

      Bob - 2012-02-27 13:46

      You could be right Topsy.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-02-28 16:42

    Yawn, yawn, yawn. Blah,blah,blah. Like I mentioned a few weeks ago, when Utd lose............people talk about how mediocre the players are...........when Utd draw............they talk about how lucky Utd were..............when Utd win.............they talk about how the ref helped Utd win. Commonality........UTD are the talking point no matter what happens. We will just let our team answer the critics, the jealous opposition supporters and quite frankly those whose egos are bigger than their IQ's. Keep the flag flying Fergie cos even Shankly and Paisley never achieved in English football what you have...........and NOBODY EVER WILL!!!! Hail Sir Alex!!!

  • Byron - 2012-02-28 17:13

    @ Bob, maybe if Steven Gerrard starts this season he will catch up with Giggsies Honours: Remind us how many Premier Leagues did Gerrard win? Premier League (12): 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11 FA Cup (4): 1993–94, 1995–96, 1998–99, 2003–04 Football League Cup (4): 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10 FA Community Shield (8): 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010 UEFA Champions League (2): 1998–99, 2007–08 UEFA Super Cup (1): 1991 Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999 FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2008 Awesome!

  • Sharmilen - 2012-02-29 12:55

    Yeah well said Byron..............that speaks for itself. Never mind Stevie boy, their "King Kenny" doesn't come anywhere close to those stats and if you think about it none of their players past and present come anywhere near that number (33 medals). What a player!!!! "GIGGSY - THE LIVING LEGEND" Oh but wait.........Bob will say, ' how many of those trophies were won with the help of the ref, how many finals were won in the 90+ minute.......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz." Same old story!!! Come on Bob, prove me wrong!!!!

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