Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs has come out to say that Lee Dixon is one of the most difficult opponents he faced during his football career.
Giggs recently revealed that Dixon was fast and very intelligent on the ball, making him one of the few full-backs who always made it difficult for opponents during matches.
According to him, facing the defender in Highbury was hard since it was a very tight stadium but Old Trafford afforded him more opportunity to do a proper job as a winger.
He added that even if he has faced players like Cafu and Zanetti, Lee was a standout player on the pitch.
His words, “I often say Lee Dixon was one of the most difficult opponents because he was quickish, but also intelligent. He always got his distances right, which not all full-backs do, especially quick ones, because they always think that they can get out of jail,”
“Dixon always got that distance right and you couldn’t spin him behind. And, if you did get the ball to feet he was up to you to stop you from turning or hurry you into making a decision.”
He added that he loved facing Lee in Manchester than in London, “Highbury was a tight pitch so I enjoyed playing against him more at Old Trafford,”
“Highbury wasn’t really a winger’s dream, it was tight and they had that experience from David Seaman, through the defence to midfield. They were really strong in defensively. I had many battles with him over the years. He was intelligent brave and also made you run back as well.
“Very often the toughest opponents I’ve played against like Cafu and [Javier] Zanetti would make you defend as well and make you run back.”