Last updated : 30 December 2004 By editor

Writing in the Mirror, Holt said,

‘They are saying that if Manchester United and Ryan Giggs fail to reach agreement over the length of his new contract and he moves on, Bolton will be the favourites for his signature.

‘The only problem with that is that Bolton have never been quite worthy of a player like Giggs and the way he is playing at the moment, they never will be. That's nothing against Bolton. It's just that a player of his quality close to his peak will still attract offers from the best clubs in Europe if United don't offer him the new two-year deal he wants.

‘Forget Bolton. Think instead of an Indian summer at Internazionale or Barcelona. Even Arsenal. Giggs is still good for that kind of company. Some believe that the Welshman's upturn in form can be traced to the fact that he has suddenly found new motivation in his desire to win the contract he wants.

‘His detractors argue he may have scored against Bolton on Boxing Day and again against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Tuesday but that he will sink back into mediocrity once he has put pen to paper. But that is unfair to a player who has had one or two short dips in form in a glorious 15- year career at Old Trafford that has seen him win every honour there is to win.

‘Reminders of the longevity of Giggs are everywhere. While he was tearing Villa to shreds on Tuesday, his former teammate and friend Lee Sharpe was in the Sky studio, analysing his performance.’