Sir Alex Ferguson tells the court Ryan Giggs was the “best example” at Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson arrives at Manchester Crown Court (Image: Reuters)

Sir Alex Ferguson said Ryan Giggs had a “fantastic temperament” and was “the best example” he had at Manchester United when he gave evidence in his former player’s domestic violence trial.

The legendary manager arrived at Manchester Crown Court just after lunchtime and was called as a defense witness by Giggs’ barrister Chris Daw QC.

He told the jurors that Giggs was “arguably the best example we had at the club” and “everyone looked at Ryan Giggs as number one”.

Asked by Mr Daw if he had ever seen him “lose his temper or become aggressive”, Sir Alex replied: “No.”

He told jurors he was Manchester United manager for 24 years and “first got to know” the young winger when he was 13.

Sir Alex, 80, said Giggs was playing for a local club at the time and training at Manchester City’s ground.

He said: ‘After that we visited his house to try and convince him to come to Manchester United. Myself and my assistant Archie Knox.’

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Mr Daw asked: ‘Did you get to know him as a child during that period?’

Sir Alex replied: “His main contact was his mother. She was very good. Very accommodating. Ryan was a quiet boy. He just sat there and listened to what was said. His mother spoke.

He said they spoke about the club’s “ambitions”, and told the court: “They had been going through a bad period when I came to the club in 1986.

“We had a big job to do. We saw Ryan as one step towards a better situation with regard to young players.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson arrives at Manchester Crown Court where his former player Ryan Giggs is charged with controlling and coercive behavior towards his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Picture date: Friday 19  August 2022. PA Photo.  Giggs is also charged with assaulting Ms Greville causing her actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on 1 November 2020 and common assault on her younger sister, Emma, ​​in the alleged same incident.  See the PA story THE COURT Giggs.  Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The legendary manager was called as a defense witness (Image: PA)

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Crown Court in Manchester, Britain, August 19, 2022 REUTERS/Carl Recine

Giggs denies allegations of abuse and controlling or coercive behavior (Image: Reuters)

Sir Alex said Giggs signed a schoolboy form with Manchester United before breaking into the first team at the age of 17.

He continued: “It was the first time we really had to think about looking after him.

– The thing was that the press started comparing him to George Best. We had to face a lot of attention on the boy.

‘I said to his mother, “Look, if you can trust me, I’ll look after him.” If any media came to him, they had to come through me. We did this to protect him.

“When someone says you’re the next George Best, that’s a big problem. But the boy was great, no problems. All the media that came at him to write articles had to come through me.’

Mr Daw asked Sir Alex if he was aware that Giggs had girlfriends.

The former manager said: ‘When we had dinners at the end of the season, he brought a friend, yes.’

He said Giggs played for Manchester United from the age of 17 to 41 and had a “fantastic record”.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson arrives at Manchester Crown Court where his former player Ryan Giggs is charged with controlling and coercive behavior towards his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020. Picture date: Friday 19  August 2022. PA Photo.  Giggs is also charged with assaulting Ms Greville causing her actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on 1 November 2020 and common assault on her younger sister, Emma, ​​in the alleged same incident.  See the PA story THE COURT Giggs.  Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Sir Alex said Giggs was “arguably the best example we had at the club” (Image: PA)

Sir Alex told the court: “As he got older the dressing room problem – I used Ryan a lot in the sense that when I lost my temper when it came to performances I used Ryan as an example sometimes.

“He got the sharp end of my tongue, but I knew he could take it, he was strong enough. Everyone else in the dressing room would think: “If Ryan Giggs can take it, we can all take it.”

Sir Alex said Giggs had a “wonderful temperament”, telling the court: “Having a career as long as he was in a difficult position, in terms of energy, he fulfilled everything we ever wanted.”

He said the Welshman was “arguably the best example we had at the club”.

“Everyone looked at Ryan Giggs as number one,” he added.

Asked by Mr Daw if he had ever seen him “lose his temper or become aggressive”, Sir Alex replied: “No.”

Giggs, 48, denies using controlling and coercive behavior against Kate Greville, 38, between August 2017 and November 2020, for assaulting her, causing actual bodily harm and the common assault of her younger sister, Emma Greville, 26.

The trial continues.

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