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By ESPN Staff
Sep 30, 2009

Fergie purrs over Giggs after landmark goal

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the unbelievable contribution of Ryan Giggs after the Welshman netted his 150th goal for the club in the 2-1 Champions League win over Wolfsburg.

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Giggs reached the mark thanks to a deflected free-kick in the second half to equalise Edin Dzeko's shock opener, paving the way for United to go on and clinch victory through Michael Carrick.

Ferguson told ITV: He's unbelievable. With all the superlatives and praise he's had over the years, I don't know how you can add to it. He's a marvellous player."

Ferguson said he was pleased with the standard of performance from his side, in particular the battling qualities they showed in coming back to beat a strong Bundesliga outfit.

Ferguson added: "Their goal was a surprise but I thought it was a matter of time before we scored. We got a bit fortuitous for our goal with the deflection but the performance deserved it.

"I thought it was a very good performance. What they are good at is they never give in. No matter what the score is, they keep playing and they get their reward. Our performance level was very good.''

On Michael Owen, who limped off in the first half with a groin complaint, Ferguson added: "Groins are difficult to say - he could be out for maybe two to three weeks. But his fitness level is good so it shouldn't be too long.''

Giggs said: "It was a poor free-kick to be fair but we got that little bit of luck. (The goal) doesn't represent anything, obviously I'm proud to do it but it was more important that we got back in the game so soon after they scored.''

"It was a good performance, in the final third we were lacking that quality pass. We got that little bit of luck after they scored and showed great character to come back.''

The win United a clear advantage in Group B, with just a win and a draw required from next month's double-header against CSKA Moscow to hit the 10-point target Ferguson always sets for qualification.

"It is an opportunity for us,'' said Ferguson, who could find himself with the luxury of being able to rest key men for the final two qualifying games if all goes to plan. CSKA are a very young team but they play some good football. It is an important two games for us. If we can navigate those two games we are through.''

Amid the euphoria of victory, Ferguson could not have helped but notice the impressive performance of Edin Dzeko, the 23-year-old Bosnian, who is surely destined for greater things. "I would say yes he can on that evidence,'' said Ferguson, when asked whether Dzeko could play at a higher level.

The player's own manager, Armin Veh, was hardly going to disagree. "Edin scored a good goal tonight,'' said Veh. "But it wasn't just his goal. He caused problems for their defenders, mainly through excellent technique. When he plays like that he is bound to be of interest to other clubs.''

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