Giggs would never have got so far without Fergie’s help

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Ryan Giggs has just played his 1,000th game of professional football, around 940 of which have been with Manchester United.

What an achievement. There will never be another player like it, staying at one club from 17 to 40 and winning countless trophies in the process.

I remember Giggsy’s first season in 1991. TV pundits were raving about him as the new George Best and Gazza.

But United boss Alex Ferguson knew he needed to be protected, as stardom at such a young age is hard to control.

Surely without Fergie’s tutelage and stewardship, Ryan would never have achieved what he has.

In football, they are both the perfect example.