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Despite the fact that, for the majority of his time with the Red Devils, Giggs has been in the first team, there have, on occasion, been periods where he has had to settle for a place on the Old Trafford bench.
Rather than mope or moan about his lack of inclusion in the side, Ryan has always made it very apparent that the necessity to push youth talent—as he was once pushed—is crucial in the continuing success of Manchester United football club.
As such, this just serves as an ever greater incentive to Welshman, who uses it as an opportunity to better not only himself, but the abilities of those around him.
Friendly competition for places in the United first team—or the first team of any club, for that matter—are the exact sort of thing that help a set of players flourish.
What good would it do him, or those around him, if week after week, Giggs was selected, knowing there was no possible replacement for his role in the side?
The team would become sloppy and arrogant, and as such, would eventually begin to lose the skill needed to compete at the top of the division.
"Pick your spots, baby," Milton Berle once told fellow comedian Richard Pryor.
That's exactly what Giggs has done over the years.
When it is required of him, Giggsy has no problem sitting in the background and letting others take charge, but when need be, he will always be there to help United out of a jam.