Ryan Giggs, September’s Player of the Month


Player of the Month –

No surprises here as Ryan Giggs’ excellent form saw him steal the show every time he took to the pitch in September.

From his man of the match masterclass at White Hart Lane where he kept up his impressive record of scoring in each of the 18 Premier League seasons with a stunning free kick, to a one man assist machine in the Manchester derby and a similar rescue act at the Brittania stadium, ending with getting United out of jail against Wolfsburg, Giggs’ impressive showings were backed up with 2 goals and a staggering 6 assists to add to the three goals he provided for his team mates in August.

His performances seemed to exhibit something different every time, with the measured performance of a true legend against Spurs and the mesmerising wingplay reminiscent of his 1993 whippet like teenage self against City. Giggs’ showings made a fool of those who thought he was finished last season and those who mocked his PFA Players’ Player award last season.

Among United fans there is a growing campaign to knight him while he is still playing; elsewhere in the football world in the space of a few short weeks he has gone from respected icon to once more woefully under-rated by the media as Football365 decided to wax lyrical about Cesc Fabregas putting in “the individual performance of the season so far” against 17th placed Blackburn and elsewhere on the site hyping Fabregas and Drogba as the most creative players so far this season. Citing Fabregas’ quite tasty eight assists. Which, last time I looked, is still one number less than 9, even in the recession. Still, knocking Giggs back down to a figure that doesn’t get mentioned is fair enough if he continues to perform in the manner he has.

In our player ratings he scored an 8.5 overall with man of the match award for every performance. Had he taken to the field in the first game of this month then it’s highly probably given his form United would still be top of the table.

Goal of the Month :

Giggs’ goal against Tottenham was stunning and Michael Carrick’s drive against Wolfsburg was pretty special but for timing, the occasion and the composure it has to be Michael Owen’s winner in the Manchester derby. In such moments, whisper it, legends are born.

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