Ryan Giggs has a “implausible temperament” ex Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told jurors today. The 80-year-old got here to Manchester Crown Court in person to provide evidence about Giggs during his trial.
The 48-year-old former Manchester United star is accused of controlling and coercive behaviour towards his ex Kate Greville, 36, during their six-year relationship.
He can also be accused of headbutting her during a row at their home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, in November 2020 and of elbowing her younger sister Emma within the jaw.
Giggs denies all charges.
Sir Alex gave evidence from the witness box for around ten minutes this afternoon, telling jurors he has known Giggs since he was 13.
Asked by Giggs’ barrister Chris Daw QC about Giggs’ temperament, Sir Alex said: “There was the difficulty of the dressing room became I used Ryan rather a lot – after I lost my temper a few performance I might use Ryan as the instance.
“Sometimes he got the sharp end of my tongue. I knew he could take it and he was strong enough and I do know everyone else within the dressing room would say oh, if Ryan Giggs can take it we are able to all take it.”
Mr Daw asked: “When it comes to temperament as by way of players who could also be quick to anger and quick to grow to be aggressive, where would you place Ryan on the spectrum by way of temperament?”
Sir Alex said: “Unbelievable temperament, wonderful temperament. To have a profession so long as he had and to be ready where he had energy. He did the whole lot we wished for. “He was doubtless the perfect example I had on the club. Everyone checked out Ryan as primary.”
Asked if he had ever seen Giggs grow to be “offended or aggressive” Sir Alex said: “No, no.”
Mr Daw also asked how the 2 met, to which Sir Alex said: “On one occasion we began visiting his house to persuade him to come back to Manchester United. [He was] 13.
“We tried hard to persuade him to come back to Manchester United however the major contact was his mother. She was excellent and really accommodating. She welcomed our visits time and time again.
“Ryan was a quiet boy; he just sat there and listened to what we were saying.
“The club had been through a foul period after I joined in 1986. So it was an enormous job to do and we saw Ryan as one step towards a greater club.”
He added: “As I said he was a quiet boy and really we dealt through the mother.
“The press, the media began comparing him with George Best and we needed to face plenty of media attention on the boy and I said to his mother in the event you really trust me I’ll take care of him and, if anyone from the media got here to him, that they had to come back through me.
“We had to guard him because when someone says they’re the subsequent George Best it’s an enormous thing, an enormous issue. However the boy was great. There was no problem.”
Asked if Giggs had “plenty of girlfriends”, Sir Alex said: “When he was older we had dinners at the tip of the season. He would bring a friend with him yeah.”
The trial continues.