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Giggs to keep rewriting record books
Published : 13 Sep 2009 13:42:55
RYAN Giggs made history with his strike against Tottenham and the veteran has another landmark in his sights as Manchester United continue to prove there is life without Cristiano Ronaldo. Giggs, a couple of months shy of his 36th birthday, is now the only player to score in every Premier League season after curling his free-kick into the top corner at White Hart Lane to spark United's comeback. It also took Giggs' goal tally to 149 for United, meaning he is one away from Ruud van Nistelrooy, who is eighth in the club's list of all-time scorers. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could rest Giggs for this week's Champions League trip to Turkey to face Besiktas, so he may have the chance notch his 150 next week against Manchester City - the club he could have joined as a youngster. Giggs said: "I'm proud that I have scored in every Premier League season but hopefully that is not it. I don't want it to be my goal for the season. Hopefully I will score more. "I don't score as many as I used to but I try and score some important ones. The goal against Tottenham was probably one of them." With Spurs hoping to break into the top four, United's performance was a huge message to the rest of the league, especially as Paul Scholes was dismissed after an hour. "It's well documented that we've lost Cristiano and Carlos (Tevez) but we have great players here and it gives you confidence when you come to a place like Spurs and get a result," Giggs added. His fellow midfielder, Anderson, scored his first goal for the club and his 'machine gun' celebration suggested he was unprepared for breaking his duck. "Ando has had a bit of stick because of not scoring and his celebration!" Giggs said. Rio Ferdinand, who made his first competitive appearance of the season, added: "The lads have been seeing it from Ando. During the international break he as had time to train and he has been showing glimpses of what he can really do. "He scored a good goal in the reserves so I think he has got the knack back now with his scoring. Hopefully he can go on a good run now and score some goals because if he does that he can be a top-class player." Ferguson believes the Brazil midfielder needs to add goals to his game. "He's capable of that," said the United boss. "He's just got to be given the encouragement and confidence to shoot. He's got a great strike of the ball." Ferguson was unhappy with referee Andre Marriner over Scholes' dismissal, although the red card did not have a bearing on the result in the end. "The referee had some funny moments," said Ferdinand. Ferdinand added: "Personally, it was good to be back from injury. When you are out injured it is never good to sit and watch or be at home and around the house when the lads are playing."