By Rob Boulton
Sunday’s game at Old Trafford pits English football’s two most successful clubs together and the match itself needs no additional hype or build up. However, for some of the players involved it may be a slightly emotional afternoon as legendary players from both sides could well be lining up in this fixture for the very last time.
Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have defied logic, science and the effects of growing old to continue to play important parts for United, with Scholes even having a little sabbatical and then realising those he left behind were nowhere near his gifted technical level even in his late 30’s, so he had to come back. Giggs has morphed from the scrawny winger with jets in his heels to a mature, visionary central midfield player as his hamstrings tightened and the demands of the English game became too much to play him every week. Yet, he remains a key part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad and a man trusted implicitly whenever called upon.
On the other side Jamie Carragher has been nothing short of a warrior for Liverpool, coming up through the ranks and putting his body on the line year after year to defend the club he loves so dearly, and as a pure bred scouser he resonates with those on the terraces about as closely as any modern-day player does. None of these players need to be told what this fixture means, it seeps out of their pores and all three will care deeply about getting the right result if this is to be their last ever involvement in this historic fixture.
They all deserve to be lauded and take the plaudits which rightly come their way. Although old father time eventually catches up with everyone, they deserve immense credit for the way they’ve looked after their bodies, trained and dedicated themselves to their profession to remain at the top-level for so long. For what they’ve achieved and the way they’ve played the game, all three will forever be remembered in the hearts of the supporters of their clubs once they finally do succumb to the ravages of time.
How long can players like Scholes, Giggs and Carragher keep going? Are they good enough to carry on playing at such huge clubs? Tweet us @talkingbaws or comment below. Watch out for Gino’s blog tomorrow.