Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has spoken about how his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson has changed since making his debut in 1991. For ten years Giggs avoided Sir Alex in fear of receiving the famous hairdryer treatment. Now an experienced player the situation is different with Sir Alex often asking the Welshman for advice.
Starting his 21st season at United, speaking to The Mirror Giggs had this to say:
“Over the years he’s mellowed,” said Giggs of Fergie. “Maybe the dynamics of the game has changed but it comes from experience, the success he’s had and the enjoyment he gets out of it. But don’t think the desire and the hunger isn’t there. It’s still there as it was when I first met him. He still wants to win, he still hates losing and likes to play football in the right way. My relationship has changed with him. When I first met him I was 13 and for the next 10 years you try and keep out of the way. He asks your advice more now than when you were a younger player. You have that experience, you’re in the changing-room day-in, day-out. So it’s a natural progression from manager to coach to experienced player in the dressing room.”
Giggs revealed last week he would like to manage Manchester United or Wales once he retires from playing football. Having a good relationship with one of the great football managers will add to his already existing knowledge and will no doubt aid him in the future if he wishes to pursue a career in football management.