"That's when I saw who I could build a long-term, successful squad around".
When it came to the best midfielder to have been produced in England's top flight, Woodhouse was unequivocal when he said it was Steven Gerrard, not Giggs. The pair have both been in good form, Lukaku in particular, and it's not clear the "personal agendas" Solskjaer refers to apply to either player. "Obviously he was only there for a short space of time and he was brilliant for United and then went on to do even better elsewhere".
Alas, that remarkable run of reviews was not enough to protect the game from the wrath of Manchester United, the giant English Premier League team (and brand licensing behemoth) that has filed a lawsuit against Sega and Sports Interactive for infringing on its trademark.
Giggs also had plenty of superlatives for Scholes, his fellow Class of 92 academy graduate, admitting he was a level above the rest of his team-mates in the way he saw the game - making it almost impossible to catch him in training.More news: Spandau Ballet star comes to Singapore man's rescue in radio row
That prompted a reaction from United fans who offered cases for Giggs or Paul Scholes to be placed ahead of the iconic Liverpool captain. 'You've all seen it in training - you couldn't get near him. But, like I said earlier, the players he's got in have been really impressive.
'His brain was just quicker than everyone else, his range of passing, nasty.
Like Giggs, the "nasty" Scholes was a one-club man - and part of the celebrated "Class of 92" - spending his entire career with United before bowing out in 2013, after a brief comeback from retirement. He featured an incredible 718 times, reaching 155 goals and winning 18 trophies.
'He would run all day, he used to be a midfielder, so he was comfortable on the ball, he could defend, he was tough. So Zanetti had everything as a defender - he was the best I played against. Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself has credited the game for helping prepare him for running the club, according to Manchester Evening News.More news: In Full 4K UHD on Samsung TV Plus
'It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying, ' he said.
"There was a positive atmosphere between us - it was good to have him back".
I'm not sure how much it bolsters the defense, but it does seem accurate that the team hasn't previously had a problem with the Football Manager games: As Kotaku reported previous year, current Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a long-time fan of the series.
"The claimant has acquiesced in the use by the defendants of the name of the Manchester United football team in the Football Manager game and can not now complain of such use", Sega and SI Games said in a written defence.More news: John Krasinski talk show 'Some Good News' finds new home