Posts Tagged ‘united’

Ryan Giggs Must Retire

   Before you jump straight to the comment box and accuse me of knowing nothing about football let me explain myself. Ryan Giggs will forever be one of the finest players to grace the Premier League. Excluding this current season, it is an unbelievable achievement to have scored in every Premier League season. This is something that has never been matched, nor will ever happen again (obviously). He has served United for over 20 years and has always been one of our greatest players, until recently.


The brilliance of Giggs is something known to everyone. Any football fan wouldn’t hesitate in describing how much of a fantastic player he was. The key word here is was. Giggs has unfortunately fallen into the limbo of players that are still trying to clutch to their glory years. However, the bottom line is that he no longer has anything to offer to the first team of Manchester United. Before you start screaming ‘what about experience?!’ let me stop you.

   Ferdinand, Evra, Vidic, Scholes, Carrick, Rooney, Van Persie. 7 first team players for Manchester United whom have all played in a cup final. They have all won silverware and have all been playing professional football for over 10 years. If experience is all that Giggs can bring to the table, why does he not adopt an Ole Gunner Solskjear role and aid his team from the dressing room?
The final argument you may bring up against me is, “what about Paul Scholes? They come from the same era so why should Scholes not retire?” Scholes still remains the best midfield player for United. He is still able to pull the strings in a way that Carrick, Anderson or Cleverly can not. These players are still yet to prove themselves on a weekly basis. Scholes is still keeping out other central midfielders from starting. This should be even more apparent after what happened to our midfield when he retired last year (it fell apart), and then when he came out of retirement for the second half of the season (we made a huge push for the title and only lost on goal difference). There are still many times when I think to myself, ‘I bet we would have won the title had Scholes played the whole season.’

   Compare this to Giggs who is competing against players like Nani, Young, Valencia, Kagawa and Welbeck. All of these players would offer far more on the field than Giggs who used to rely on his pace and control, both of which have faded heavily over the years.
Ferguson has a problem with axing Giggs from the squad due to their personal relationship, meaning we are all waiting for Giggs to fall on his own sword.  His career has been littered with trophies and winning medals. Although, when the time comes that he is being out-played by Tottenham’s Sandro, surely he will realise that he needs to retire. Giggs can still have a very positive impact on the club and the players from off the pitch. The longer he tries to capture the lost magic, the more his career will be tainted.

Ryan Giggs is a player that should be remembered for his 1999 FA Cup Semi-Final winning goal (click here), his lethal left foot and the chemistry he devolved with Dennis Irwin and Eric Cantona. He has been one of the top players in the past 20 years, in the whole world. I’ve just heard one too many United mans bemoan his latest performance for his career to end on a positive note.
We love you Ryan, but please, do us all a favour. I’m worried you may regret it otherwise.

Rio+20 Summit was a failure.

The World Wildlife Fund has called the RIO+20 Summit a “colossal failure of leadership and vision.” Many people would agree with this. 86 world leaders will have signed a 50 page document (available to see online) that provides no new commitments to fighting climate change. The last decade has seen a surge of community activity with recycling and energy efficient home-ware. This Summit was a chance for the World Leaders to recognise that effort and match it with their own.

There is no new Kyoto Protocol.
There is no solution.
There is no care.

The Summit cannot be seen as just a failure. It was also a betrayal to the people that are attempting to preserve what is left of this planet. The issues that were meant to be addressed; poisoning of the air, emptying of the seas, filth and wastage of our water, exhaustion of the soils, vanishing of the trees, degradation and forced misery of people. Not a single proposition or sign of intent as to how we will handle these issues. There may not be another Earth Summit because any one of these issues may have killed us in another 10 years. Rio, where it all looked so promising in 1992, may have been our last chance for preservation in 2012.

America snubbed the Kyoto Protocol back in 1992 and also refused to stop oil drilling after asked in 2002. In 2012, America did not even show up to the conference. They were joined by Germany and the UK in their pathetic absence. The last 20 years have been a complete waste. The only progress that has been made is by respective communities. Single people making simple actions that amount to a big change when other people join in. The world will not be saved by politics, by world bodies, by “leaders”. They have shown us that. I plead to you reading, it really is up to you now. Have a greener mind about your day to day business. Turn lights off, don’t use plastic bags or cups, buy fuel efficient cars, wear a jumper – don’t turn the heating up.    (That American flag is surrounded by oil, do you see the irony?)

A little bit goes a long way, as long as we all do our part.

In contrast to the absence’s of world leader’s from the Summit, Multinational Corporations were very well represented. In this bid to attract more corporate stakeholders, many are questioning if the UN Summit has become less about the future of the earth and more about the future of corporate profits.

It’s the same story I, like many people, have been talking about for a while. There is no environmental/economic balance. The world is consumed and driven by money. Maybe we environmentalist’s were just being optimistic about 2012 providing help to the movement.

There is nothing else to say. It’s simply down to you and everyone else.

HELP SAVE YOUR PLANET TODAY.