Scholes and Giggs - football's veteran superstars
On the other hand, Ryan Giggs (38 years old) happens to break a new record every time he walks on the pitch, and he remains the only player to have scored in every Premier League season since the league's inception back in 1992.
It is remarkable that players like Scholes and Giggs have played football in their late 30's, but it is even more remarkable that they remain in topflight football and are considered two main players in a group of superstars.
Scholes and Giggs have received numerous plaudits from the greatest football figures in the world, and so I would like to know how these two "playing legends" would be replaced in a club like Manchester United.
Last Saturday, I managed to watch Manchester United's encounter with Wigan Athletic in what seemed like revenge for the last encounter between the two teams in the DW Stadium. Last season Wigan marked the match with a rather surprising win, and it also proved to be the first match of a series of shockers that lead to Manchester United losing the title to the bitter rivals Manchester City.
Saturday's match was the first encounter to feature Scholes and Giggs as a part of Manchester United's starting lineup this season.
The latest records that the duo managed to break in the match were Scholes' 700th club appearance and Giggs' 600th Premier League appearance.
The famous duo featured in central midfield, and were instrumental in conducting Manchester United's superiority in the second half of the match. Manchester United fans would have been familiar of the sight of the two players in matches of great dominance, and so a scoreline of 4-0 was no surprise nor would they be surprised that Scholes capped the occasion with a goal.
Moreover, what is equally evident is the difference in performance when Manchester United does not play them. Without them the tempo is no longer dictated by a figure of Scholes' authority, and the buzz that Giggs creates is missed.
It is no coincidence that Manchester United finds it difficult to play without Scholes and Giggs (especially Scholes in central midfield).
Scholes and Giggs are considered to be homegrown players at Manchester United, and cost their club no transfer fees because of that.
In the dynamics of today's sport industry it would be extremely difficult to find such players from the youth system, and it is even rarer to think that they would be playing topflight football for more than 20 years.
Manchester United is lucky to have two loyal servants such as Scholes and Giggs, but the difficult task would be replacing them.
So far it remains to be seen if and how Manchester United would unearth new gems to replace the likes of Scholes and Giggs.
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