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‘Amazing man’: Sir Alex Ferguson praises age-defying goalscorer Ryan Giggs in routine QPR win

By Chris Bailey

Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to ‘amazing’ Ryan Giggs after the Welshman helped Manchester United to a comfortable victory against Queens Park Rangers.

Rafael’s sumptuous half-volley midway through the first-half was capped off by the evergreen Giggs – making his 999th senior appearance – slotting home with ten minutes to go.

Ferguson was left unsurprised at another inspirational performance from the veteran, who was ably supported by an on-song attacking cast.

“You have to get that second goal and Ryan Giggs has a great record of scoring here. He’s delivered again – he’s an amazing man,” he said.

“Rafael’s goal was fantastic – it was probably goal of the month. Robin van Persie also had a great run and strike but the keeper saved it.”

Despite another fantastic day for the Premier League leaders, Ferguson will now have to keep tabs on an injury to star striker Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman hurt himself in the build-up to Rafael’s goal and with Real Madrid looming, the Scot is confident he will be fit for the Champions League clash in ten days’ time.

“Van Persie seems to have collided with the camera dugout. We will assess him tomorrow – it was his hip,” he added.

“It will be tender but hopefully he will be alright in time for the Real Madrid game.”

A humble Giggs reserved praise for his fellow goalscorer after a win which takes United 15 points clear of champions Manchester City in the Premier League table.

The Welshman – who believes Rafael has gone from strength to strength this campaign – joined Ferguson in lauding his stunning finish.

“I have to say Rafael’s goal was one of the best goals you are going to see and in the second half we got better,” he said.

“He really deserves it, he’s been brilliant, really consistent, and it tops off a good season for him.

“We are in a tremendous position. We had to dig in today to get that important 15-point lead and we are really pleased.

“We knew it was going to be difficult – they are fighting for their lives, so it was tough.”

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