Monday, February 16, 2009

Phelan impressed by 'best ever' Giggs

Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan reckons Ryan Giggs is in the form of his life.

Giggs turned in another sensational performance at Pride Park on Sunday as United eased past Derby County to book an FA Cup quarter-final trip to either Swansea City or Fulham next month.

"There is an argument to say Ryan is playing better than he has ever done," said Phelan. "He looks after himself, is totally professional and seems to have found a rich vein of form. He goes on to another level every year. We can only be happy with that."

major part

Giggs had a hand in all four United goals on Sunday, plus the one Cristiano Ronaldo had controversially disallowed.

And, although he is likely to be rested for Wednesday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Fulham, he seems sure to have a major part to play in United's quest for silverware.

"I am certainly enjoying my football more than ever," he said. "It is for other people to judge whether I am playing as well as I have ever done.

"But I am playing quite regularly and the team are playing well, which is what we want."

Last Thursday, Giggs signed a one-year contract extension which emphasises Sir Alex Ferguson's belief that a player with 10 Premier League titles, two European Cups and four FA Cups - a fifth would equal the competition record, last achieved in the 19th century - still has the hunger to strive for more.

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