Date: 27th February 2006 at 9:14pm
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Sir Alex took the gamble on playing Ryan Giggs in the centre of midfield after the Welshman struggled in that role at Anfield. But was it a risk at all? Not for the first time Giggs, winner of 15 major trophies, has proved his worth to the club.

At 32 perhaps his days a speedy winger are coming to an end, and the cosy position in the centre-circle could prolong his career. And he looked to have developed a new dimension to his game at Cardiff as United brushed aside a spirited Wigan side to lift the Carling Cup.

Giggs: ‘I played central was I was younger and am comfortable there. Maybe I am not going to win many tackles but I know how to pass the ball and run from deep.

‘That’s probably my strength. It is what I have always done. In midfield they are not used to people running at them as the full-backs are.

‘You certainly see a lot more of the ball in that position and can have a bigger impact on the game. On the wing you rely a lot more on the service to you.

‘There is obviously a shortage of midfield players here at the moment and that’s why I find myself doing this job. I hope to finish the season strongly. By playing in this position probably I will get a lot more matches.

‘You always try and develop your game – that’s something I have always been keen to do.’