Last updated : 13 January 2003 By editor

`We all have the right not to have a good day and that is what has happened with Ryan. It is not our job to judge whether the criticism is fair or not. What is important is that we work with Ryan, make him believe and make him play like he did earlier in the season.'

Queiroz pointed out the number of games Giggs has played this season as evidence that he is still an important part of the United squad:

`Together with Mikael Silvestre, Ryan has played more minutes of football this season than anyone else. We both know he can't always perform at the same level but it is important he doesn't listen to the criticism and keeps his focus and concentration. Then the good performances that Ryan gave us in the past will return.'

David Sadler agrees with most of what Carlos says too, from the MEN:

I, like a lot of fans, am now hard pressed to recall when Ryan last did himself justice.

By the high standards he's set his game has become extremely disappointing. Against Blackburn he was losing possession and was just wandering around aimlessly.

At the moment he is offering little to the team and that must be a massive worry for Sir Alex Ferguson.

It would be hard for anyone to ignore the crowd's reaction on Tuesday when his number went up on the board for substitution.

Of course there were cheers for Ole Solskjaer coming on but there can be no doubt that some of that cheering was reserved for Ryan going off.

The way he was playing you would think it would have been a relief for him anyway. It was a case of putting him out of his agony.

The big question is what is the core of the problem with Giggs.

Ryan has always suffered with hamstring trouble, as we all know. What that has meant is that in most campaigns he has had periods of rests.

This season he's only missed two matches and you wonder if that has taken his toll on him.

He looks like a player who needs to be taken out of the firing line now and given a breather. Then I think we would see a different Ryan Giggs when he came back refreshed.

I am not one of those who advocate that after 12 years winning everything, been there, done that and got the T-shirt that it is time United sold Giggs and he had a fresh challenge elsewhere.

As a Red and an eternal optimist I can't help but feel that the old Giggs is just around the corner. I don't believe that he has reached the time where it is going to be all downhill for him from now on. If we sold him now then someone else would get the benefit.

I don't see selling him as the answer. Give him a break Alex and let him recuperate out of the spotlight that is growing more intense on him every poor match he's having.’

The little lad at the back of the class that the teacher always ignores wants to have a say too – step forward Stuart Mathieson:

‘There is no evidence to suggest that a diminishing of his blistering pace is the core of his problem, just a reluctance to attack his opponent because of low confidence.

At 29 Giggs' peak years could still be ahead of him and if he can recapture the self-assured body language then he'll win back his defectors as well as encourage his alarmed supporters.

If he can't, then his hopes of remaining a one-club man throughout his career could be in jeopardy.

Fergie is a loyal manager but still notoriously brutal if a player's usefulness has run its course - just ask Jaap Stam and Dwight Yorke.’