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Ryan Giggs Named Arsenal’s Players He Strongly Disliked: -“I wouldn’t even look at them!”

Ryan Giggs Named Arsenal’s Players He Strongly Disliked: -“I wouldn’t even look at them!”

Manchester United and Arsenal had an unquestionably legendary rivalry during the late 1990s and early 2000s, which remains unparalleled in the history of the Premier League.

Instead of friendly gestures like handshakes, hugs, and shirt exchanges, their encounters were characterized by confrontations, pushing, and intense tackles. In the midst of all the physicality, both teams showcased remarkable football skills as they fiercely competed for the Premier League championship.

Given the high stakes involved, it’s understandable that emotions often ran high and tensions escalated.


Ryan Giggs, a prominent figure for Manchester United during that era, has acknowledged the genuine animosity that existed between the two teams. He has openly admitted that there were four specific Arsenal players whom he held a greater dislike towards than others.

During that period, Arsenal boasted a squad filled with exceptional talent, including renowned players such as Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit, who were part of the victorious French national team in the World Cup. Additionally, the team featured Robert Pires, a talented French midfielder, and the skillful Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp.

Nevertheless, Ryan Giggs, the former Welsh international, has made it clear that he harbored strong dislike for all four players and has chosen not to discuss their abilities on the field.

“I didn’t like Arsenal. I didn’t like Vieira because he was dirty and got away with murder. I didn’t like Petit because he had long hair. I didn’t like Bergkamp,” Giggs told the Daily Mail. “I didn’t like Pires even though when you meet him now he’s actually dead nice.

“I wouldn’t even look at them, didn’t know them and didn’t want to. I wouldn’t allow myself to rate any of them.”

“Bergkamp? Nah, I told myself he wasn’t as good as Eric Cantona. I wasn’t really that kind of person. It wasn’t really me. But you had to get that in your head, that intense dislike. It was pure motivation. But deep down we knew.

“They were top-drawer and that rivalry was everything to us. Deeper even than Liverpool at that time.”

In a 2013 documentary, Roy Keane, who was Giggs’ former teammate, surprised many by excluding both Giggs and Paul Scholes from his dream Manchester United XI. However, Keane’s reasoning shed light on why he made such a daring decision.

“Having a great career doesn’t mean you are a great player – there’s a big difference. I’m not saying Giggsy wasn’t (great), but do I leave out Ronaldo, one of the world’s great players? Do I leave Becks [David Beckham] out?

“You don’t win titles by having choirboys in your dressing room.”

Ryan Giggs Named Arsenal’s Players He Strongly Disliked: -“I wouldn’t even look at them!”

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