Top gong: Ryan Giggs
Steve Bruce has saluted Ryan Giggs after seeing his former Manchester Unitedteam-mate named BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2009.
The 36-year-old lifted the prize ahead of Formula One world champion JensonButton and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis last night.
Bruce, who admitted Giggs had had to fight for air space in his house as SouthShields singer Joe McElderry battled to victory in the X-Factor final, wasthrilled for the Welshman.
He said: 'I was switching over, as probably we all were, because I wasn't incontrol of the buttons last night.
'The X-Factor was in charge in my house, that's for sure.
'I'm absolutely delighted for him. I played in his debut and I remember whenhe was a 14-year-old taking the mickey out of Viv Anderson, who was thenEngland's right-back.
'He was fantastic. His debut was something like 20 years ago and he scoredagainst Manchester City.
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'What he's done - 11 Premier Leagues, is it? - it's frightening, the way helooks after himself. He's the total package.
'I'm delighted for the lad, it's fantastic - and also I'm delighted for thesand dancer from South Shields.'
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