Sir Alex Ferguson called to stand in Ryan Giggs trial


Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has testified at the trial of his former player Ryan Giggs, who is accused of domestic abuse. He describes the former fielder as having a « fantastic temper ».

Ryan Giggs just received weight support. The former Manchester United midfielder, whose domestic violence trial began on August 8, saw Sir Alex Ferguson testify on his behalf this Friday at Manchester Crown Court. The iconic Red Devils manager describes his former player as « an example » and « a calm boy ».

Ferguson protective of Giggs

« We tried very hard to convince him to come to Manchester United, » Ferguson said in comments reported by Sky. « The club had gone through a bad period when I arrived at the club in 1986, he continues. We had a lot of work to do. We saw Ryan as a step towards a better situation with regard to young players. »

« We had to protect him, » adds the former manager. Sir Alex Ferguson then recounts that he had promised the player’s mother to take care of him, while the media attention was turned towards him, in particular when « the media started to compare him to George Best ». The two men won 35 titles during their joint spell in Manchester, including 13 Premier League titles.

« Without a doubt the best example I’ve had at the club »

Ryan Giggs is accused by his ex-girlfriend of domestic violence after head-to-head contact. The ex-Wales coach spoke of an involuntary shock while the sister of Kate Greville, the assaulted woman, also evokes an elbow in the jaw. About their relationship, she also describes « a constant mental battle ».

Asked about Giggs’ rapport with women, Ferguson simply says he had girlfriends he brought to season-ending events, « when he was older. » But he also evokes a « fantastic temperament » and admits never having seen him lose his temper. « He was without a doubt the best example I had at the club, » the 80-year-old concludes.

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