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Bayer Leverkusen players were praising evergreen Ryan Giggs DURING Manchester United's 5-0 win, says Wayne Rooney

By Simon Rice

Ryan Giggs will reach 40 tomorrow, and it would seem those impressed by his longevity at the top of the game extend to his opponents, even during matches.

Wayne Rooney revealed after Manchester United's 5-0 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen that one of their players was asking how the Welshman had managed to defy the years.


"I've run out of things to say about Ryan," Rooney said after the game that secured United's place in the last-16 of the tournament.


"Actually, during the game, the Bayer centre-half was asking how he is still playing at that age.


"I certainly won't be playing at that age, that's for sure. His composure on the ball is great."


Giggs played the full match which turned out to be United's biggest away win in Europe since 1964, and a victory margin they have exceeded only once on their European travels in their entire history.


The Welshman did not look out of place in an impressive display, but Rooney was the hero on the night, creating four of the goals.


"It's a team game but it's always great when you can help your team-mates score goals," Rooney said. "It was a perfect away match.


"We played very well, we defended well, there was some great counter-attacking football, we played with power, pace and composure.


"It was really as good an away performance as you can get."

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