Ryan Giggs has laughed off former Manchester United teammate Roy Keane’s statement that he would be worth £2 billion in today’s crazy transfer market.
“He’s always spoken a lot of sense has Roy,” Giggs said at the 2017 FAW McDonald’s Community Awards ahead of the Wales-Austria World Cup qualifier in Cardiff.
“I don’t know about two billion, but I think Roy’s point was that now you’re seeing average players go for massive sums.
“You look back at some of the players we played with — what would they be worth now? Ruud was an unbelievable goalscorer and guaranteed goals every season.
“I think that was the point Roy was trying to make and he’s right because it’s just ridiculous. And it doesn’t look like stopping, it’s just going up.”
Asked how much Keane would be worth, Giggs replied: “You couldn’t buy him because you look around the league and who is like him?
“[N’Golo] Kante is a fantastic player but Roy is better. He could do everything.
“When he came to United he was an attacking midfielder going from box-to-box, getting beyond the centre-forward and scoring goals.
“Then he turned into a midfielder who controlled the tempo and with [Paul Scholes] was part of a fantastic midfield.”
Giggs however feels United are now ready for a Premier League title challenge after manager Jose Mourinho’s summer purchases.
“Jose’s got the players in he wanted,” Giggs said. “He knows Matic and Lukaku and they’ve started well.
“Lindelof has taken more time to settle and that can happen. It happened with Jaap Stam a long time ago and look what sort of player he turned out to be.
“Also players who under-achieved last year – Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – have started well and there’s real solidity and strength in depth there.
“They are going to need that with the Champions League coming up, but I think it’s between them and City for the title.”
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