Sir Alex Ferguson believes Ryan Giggs’ extraordinary fitness levels will help the Manchester United midfielder to become the oldest outfield player in the history of the Premier League, according to Sky
Giggs recently signed a one-year contract extension that will see him on United’s books past the age of 40, meaning Giggs will be one of only three outfield players to have appeared in the Premier League after reaching that landmark age. Giggs’ former United teammate Teddy Sheringham and current Scotland manager Gordon Strachan are the other two.
Speaking to a radio station in the United States, Ferguson revealed his belief that Giggs has plenty more left in the tank – because of his ultra-professional approach to his fitness and a bit of luck from his genetics.
“Ryan is an exceptional human being,” Ferguson said. “ He has never carried any weight, has never suffered a serious injury and never misses a training session. He is still at the head of the pack during pre-season.
“He just has this insatiable appetite to continue playing. He will play next year and who knows he could possibly play for another year after that. I am sure he will get to 41 and still be playing because he is such a fit lad.”
Giggs made his United debut at the age of 17, in March 1991, as United lost 2-0 to Everton at Old Trafford. It was the first of 933 appearances for United, with 12 league titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions Leagues among the trophies that followed.
The former Wales international has also racked up a long list of individual records and achievements, including becoming United’s record appearance-maker, being the only player to score in every season of the Premier League, and being the oldest player to have scored in the Champions League.
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