THE TRUMP CARD; Giggs Determined to Revive United's Premiership Push

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THE TRUMP CARD; Giggs Determined to Revive United's Premiership Push


Byline: KEN LAWRENCE

RYAN GIGGS would probably not choose a match against the party poopers of Wimbledon as the most significant of his champagne career. After all, he has four Championship medals to his credit, not to mention two FA Cup successes from more than 300 appearances for Manchester United.

The first of his 20 Wales caps also brought the honour of becoming the youngest player ever to represent his country.

So Wimbledon at Old Trafford should be small beer for 24-year-old Giggs.

Except that in his seven-game absence, Alex Ferguson's side have managed only one Premiership win and suffered an unlucky spin of the wheel as their Champions League attempt went bust against Monaco.

Now there are seven games left to retain the Premiership and Arsenal have upped the ante.

Before he was injured against Derby County last month, there were optimistic indications that Giggs had finally discovered the consistency which had eluded him so often and so maddeningly. For many of the eight years since he made his United debut as a 17-year-old, Giggs has been more of a wild card than an ace-in-the-hole.

His game of solitaire would leave the rest of the Old Traf-ford pack short of a vital trick, usually in the shape of a final ball or measured cross.

Wait, we were told, Ryan will come good. One day he will be the heart of the team.

That day may finally have dawned. For, if ever United needed a player long predicted to be the new Best, it is now.

Perhaps the imminent arrival of Giggs' first child has already-had the maturing effect that fatherhood is supposed to produce. Indeed, as he prepared to return after recovering from hamstring damage, the normally reticent Welshman sounded as though he was positively enjoying the air of expectancy which surrounds his comeback.

He declared: 'The recent schedule has been a tough one for United and given the way I had been playing, I feel I could have helped to make some difference. …

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