Football - Laudrup lauds class act Giggs

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has described Ryan Giggs as "pure class" as the Manchester United midfielder prepares for his 1,000th senior competitive game.

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The Welshman made his first appearance for United on March 2, 1991, as a substitute against Everton, and has gone on to enjoy a career of exceptional consistency and longevity.

Giggs, 39, has achieved the remarkable feat of scoring in each of the 23 seasons of his career, and found the net in the Red Devils' 2-0 win over QPR last weekend.

The landmark appearance could come against Norwich on Saturday.

Laudrup, who enjoyed an illustrious playing career with clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, has been amazed at how Giggs has been able to adapt his game and remain effective after all these years.

"It is incredible he is still playing," Laudrup said. "Now he is not a regular playing every week, but that is one thing that is so great in the Premier League.

"We are talking about a player who has done so much in his career at Manchester United, he is now reaching the end of his career but he stays at the club.

"He goes from playing every game to maybe 70 per cent of games, but everybody still gives him the respect and love he deserves. You don't get that in a lot of countries. Normally the day you're no longer at the very top you leave.

"Nobody was expecting Ryan Giggs to still be at the same level he was 10 years ago, so it is great you see when he does come in, he is still pure class.

"He cannot play every game but class is class, and we still see that."

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