Man Utd icon Ferguson praises Giggs’ temper during assault trial

London (AFP) – Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told a British court on Friday that ex-star Ryan Giggs had never lost his temper or shown violence during his more two decades at the club.

Testifying at Giggs’ trial for allegedly assaulting and coercively controlling an ex-girlfriend, Ferguson said the former player always displayed a “fantastic temper”.

He was ‘the best example we’ve had at the club’, Ferguson told Manchester Crown Court, where Giggs denied physically assaulting former partner PR agent Kate Greville and his sister nearly a year ago. two years.

Giggs also denies controlling Greville during their years-long rocky relationship.

Giggs, 48, says the injuries Greville suffered were the accidental result of a three-way fight with her and her sister over a cellphone.

The former winger admitted he ‘may have caught her and her sister’ but used his long playing career, in which he had an excellent disciplinary record, to claim he was not not violent.

Ferguson, 80, told the court he had known Giggs since the player joined Manchester United as a youngster.

Ferguson said he sought to shield the teenage player from media attention after he was compared to the club’s brilliant but temperamental 1960s legend George Best.

“When someone says you’re the next George Best, that’s a big deal. But the boy was great, no issues,” Ferguson said.

“To have a career as long as he has in a difficult position, in terms of energy, he has fulfilled everything that we have ever wanted.”

Giggs resigned as Wales manager in June, having been on leave since his arrest.

He said he didn’t want the “continued interest around this matter” to affect the team as they prepare for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

He remains out on bail and said he was looking forward to “clearing my name”.

Giggs exploded onto the scene as a teenager in the mid-1990s. He finished his career at Old Trafford as the most decorated player in English football history.

As a player, he made a club record 963 appearances in 23 years for Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.

He started his coaching career at Old Trafford, temporarily taking charge at the end of the 2013/14 season after David Moyes was sacked. Giggs then worked as Louis van Gaal’s assistant for two years.

Giggs was appointed Wales boss in January 2018 and helped them qualify for Euro 2020, just their second major tournament appearance since the 1958 World Cup.

He missed the chance to lead them to last year’s European Championships after being furloughed by the Welsh FA since November 2020.

He eventually resigned from the role in June after Wales qualified for the World Cup under former assistant Rob Page.

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