Manchester United manager David Moyes paid tribute to Ryan Giggs, who turns 40 on Friday, gave a dazzling exhibition in their 5-0 rout of Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.
Giggs was outstanding in a commanding midfield role as United outclassed the Germans to book their place in the knockout phase of the Champions league.
“You cannot question Ryan Giggs as a footballer,” Moyes said. “He did not look fatigued for his age at all. He is incredible, his vision and fitness are incredible. I am lucky to be working with him.
“People mention his age but all you should mention is his football ability. He is an unbelievable footballer. Ryan will tell us when he’s had enough or when he thinks his time is up, but you could say he is getting better seeing his vision, his pass for Nani’s goal.”
With Wayne Rooney delivering pin-point passes and Giggs controlling the pace, United stormed past Leverkusen with goals from Antonio Valencia, Emir Spahic into his own net, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Nani.
“It was one of my best days as Manchester United manager but the best days are still to come,” said Moyes, who succeeded Alex Ferguson in the close season.
“We won well, with some outstanding performances. To come to Germany and win 5-0 puts it in perspective as well.”
Giggs, who in October broke the Champions League appearance record in his 145th game and has also won the title with United in 1999 and 2008, has been at the club since 1990.
His runs down the wings are far fewer these days but on Wednesday he kept United’s game going forward from the middle.
Bayern burn bright
Moscow: Bayern Munich’s winning run through shows no sign of stopping with the title holders displaying ruthless efficiency in their 3-1 victory at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Missing half a dozen players, including Franck Ribery, Bayern recorded their fifth win in five games for a new record of 10 straight wins in the competition.