Man Utd’s Giggs plans to play past 40

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has rejected the suggestion he is close to retirement, according to BBC Sport, despite Friday being his 40th birthday.

Giggs has made more than 950 appearances for the Premier League champions since his debut in 1991 against Everton, winning 13 league titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions Leagues in that time. He was also crowned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009, the same year he won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

A former Wales international, Giggs played as United beat Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 in Germany, and if he extends his contract at the club past the end of this season is likely to reach 1,000 appearances. He puts his longevity down to his surroundings. “I’m lucky that I have been at one club, where I am surrounded by good players and a good manager,” Giggs said.

It can be hard sometimes but I am still enjoying it,” he continued. “As long as that is the case I will carry on. I still want to do well in every game, want to win trophies and my focus needs to be on that.

Giggs joined the United coaching staff when David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson this summer, and believes that staying at Old Trafford is part of the reason he has been able to play until his 40th birthday – and beyond. “If I’d moved from club to club I’d be finished by now,” Giggs claimed.

I look after myself and try to train every day in order to make myself available for selection,” he continued. “I enjoy it as much as I can and, of course, try to contribute to the team.

I don’t know what the younger lads think of me…When I was 17 and 18 I thought 31 was ancient. And here I am at 40!

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