Ryan Giggs aims dig at Man Utd star while singling his teammate out for special praise | Football

Giggs shares concerns over United’s ‘terrible’ recruitment in recent years (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has hailed current Old Trafford star Alejandro Garnacho, believing the Argentine is offering ’10 times more’ than his teammate Antony.  

The former Wales manager was cleared of allegations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend and her sister in July having denied assault and controlling or coercive behaviour.  

In his first public appearance since then, Giggs was at Ulster Hall in Belfast to discuss his playing days with radio DJ Johnny Hero last Sunday.

United’s current woes were also on the agenda with the 50-year-old singling out Garnacho for special praise. The 19-year-old, while still getting to grips with the demands of first-team football, has been one of the club’s bright sparks this campaign, scoring five times this season including his stunning bicycle kick against Everton.

Giggs was no so complementary when discussing United’s option on the opposite flank, however, referring to Antony as ‘the other guy’.

‘He gets you off your seat,’ Giggs said of Garnacho. ‘He’s giving you 10 times more than the other guy that cost so much more money. We’ve just recruited terribly for years and years.’

Antony, who joined United from Ajax in an £85m deal in 2022, has not provided a goal or assist for United since May last year, a run of 22 games.

Antony and Alejandro Garnacho

The wingers have had contrasting seasons at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Erik ten Hag has sought to defend his former Ajax player over his woeful output. Antony missed three games in September after being given a leave of absence following allegations of domestic abuse with his manager believing those off-pitch issues are still having a big impact.

Asked if he can explain Antony’s struggles in the Premier League, Ten Hag replied: ‘I can explain, it’s very simple. I think his off-field issues stops him playing.

‘I don’t agree [that he has struggled in the Premier League], I think his first year was okay, and I think pre-season was very okay.

‘First four games were very good. For instance, I’ve seen the game against Spurs back, he played a very good game over there.

‘But from the moment he was out and then he came back, he didn’t deliver the performance we should expect from him and he can do so much better.

‘If you mention Ajax, also I looked back there. His effectiveness, his end product was very high there, also in the Champions League, [it was] very high.

‘So, I’m sure he’s capable of doing this by bringing key actions, key passes, the crosses, the finishing.

‘His end product in Ajax was very high, he should return to those levels but of course the Premier League is more difficult. He’s capable of doing it.’

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