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Ferguson backs Giggs to win award

Ryan Giggs in action for Manchester United
Giggs has made a record 799 appearances for United

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wants to see veteran Ryan Giggs win the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award.

Giggs, 36, has never won the award but is on this year's shortlist, with the winner to be announced on Sunday.

The winger could make his 800th appearance for United against Tottenham on Saturday and is closing in on an 11th Premier League winners medal.

"I hope Ryan gets the PFA award," said Ferguson. "He thoroughly deserves it."

United players dominated the shortlist for the award, with Giggs joined by Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edwin van der Sar.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard is the only non-United player to make the shortlist.

It is unbelievable to think Ryan has been at the top for so long

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

And Ferguson added of Giggs: "Hopefully he is rewarded for his contribution to the game."

Giggs broke United's appearance record in the last season's Champions League final in Moscow, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's total of 759 games.

And Ferguson revealed on Friday that Giggs been presented with a watch after their victory over Chelsea last May.

"We gave Ryan all the accolades in Moscow," said the United boss.

"The players' presentation was very emotional and it was a great representation of how the players feel about the boy.

"It was fantastic. He is the most respected player in the club and what he has achieved is an example to everyone."

Giggs made his League debut for United in March 1991 and has gone on to be become the most decorated player in English football

"It is unbelievable to think he has been at the top for so long," said his manager.

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"We are a very special club and we are lucky that players have chosen to spend their entire careers here."

Ronaldo would win the PFA award for the third successive year if he comes out on top at Sunday's ceremony but defender Vidic is the favourite to lift the trophy.

Manchester United duo Jonny Evans and Rafael Da Silva are nominees for the young player award.

Also in contention with the United pair are Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Aaron Lennon and Stephen Ireland.



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