Ryan Giggs explains big difference between him and Paul Scholes at Manchester United
Ryan Giggs has revealed that Paul Scholes was still pushing to play every week for Manchester United in the twilight of his career.
Both Giggs and Scholes elongated their United careers under Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Welshman breaking the club's appearance record and playing on past his 40th birthday. Scholes, on the other hand, retired in May 2011 - before coming back out of retirement in January 2012.
And Giggs has now told beIN SPORTS’s The Champions Club that it was Scholes' desire to play as much as he could that proved to be the difference. Giggs admitted he became happy with a bit-part role, which meant he could continue as a player into his 24th season at Old Trafford..
"I adapted to it quite well, I got my head around it. Scholesy was a little bit different," said Giggs.
"Scholesy wanted to play every week. That’s when he retired and came back because he missed it.
"I could sort-of go two weeks without playing and then come into the team and have an impact. Scholesy couldn’t do that. He found it hard. He wanted to play every game even if his body wasn’t telling him that.
"Scholesy was a little bit more difficult for Sir Alex to handle, whereas with me it was easier."
The two Class of 92 academy graduates are now both revered as United legends, though Giggs ended up with two more Premier League winners' medals than Scholes - 13 to 11. Both time spent on the United coaching staff before leaving the club and now co-own Salford City, with Giggs also in charge of the Wales national team.