Carrick reserves special praise for Man Utd teammate Giggs

Manchester United wrapped up the Premier League title in fitting fashion on Monday night, dispensing Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Robin van Persie but one of United’s players of the season, Michael Carrick, has shared with talkSPORT his praise for the ability of 39-year-old Ryan Giggs.

Carrick said: “I keep talking about him but what else is there left to say? It is sensational that he is still able to do that after all his time.

It is not just physical; it is mental, having the drive and desire to do it every day. The league wasn’t won tonight (Monday), it was won all season with all the work we have put in.

Ryan is out there training every day. The standard he has set is unbelievable. He is a legend. It is a throwaway comment too often, but he is the legend really. It is a pleasure to play with him and work with him every day.

While the likes of van Persie and Shinji Kagawa were celebrating their first Premier League title, Giggs was taking in the acclaim of his 13th championship in the Premier League era.

He played the full 90 minutes against Villa, making his 28th appearance of the campaign, and will continue into his 40th year after signing a one-year contract extension in February.

Carrick is one of six players shortlisted for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award. He also commented on Van Persie’s second goal, when he drilled a spectacular volley past Brad Guzan from Wayne Rooney’s 40-yard pass.

It has already been hailed as a goal of the season contender, and Carrick added: “It has to be right up there.

The movement for starters, then Wayne to pick him out with a great pass. The finish was textbook. There are not many people who can do that.

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