Ryan Giggs signed a new deal at Manchester United this week with the one-year contract seeing him stay at Old Trafford beyond his 40th birthday.
The former Wales international is a once in a generation footballer. Set to make his 1000th career appearances this weekend, his achievements may never be bettered.
Giggs has won countless trophies, always worked hard, maintained his fitness and brought out the best from his team-mates. There won’t be a player that has passed through the door at Old Trafford that won’t remember playing with Giggs fondly.
He has been a mainstay for Sir Alex Ferguson in the last 23 years and is as much part of the furniture at the club as the United manager is. The club would not be the same without either of them.
At 39-years-old, Giggs is still contributing at the highest level too. It’s not as if he has dropped down a league or two to prologue his career. He is playing, contributing and scoring goals in the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup – all for the most famous club in the World.
You can definitely argue that he was born to play for Manchester United. Had he left a few years ago – would he still be playing today? It seems unlikely.
The drive to succeed at Old Trafford, the desire to perform for Ferguson and the standards United expect from their players have all contributed to Giggs still going strong.
There is nothing to suggest that he won’t go beyond the summer of 2014 either. The man himself says he is enjoying his football more than ever and is enjoying being part of this exciting United team.
Upon signing a new deal, he said: “I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team.
“This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season.”
Giggs was part of the famous treble in 1999 of course and as he looks set to make the 1000th appearance of his career against Norwich on Saturday, United are on course to repeat this achievement.
Should they manage it, you just know that nobody will be happier than Giggs. Then, as a credit to the man, he will try and win everything next season too.
Ryan Giggs – the United man, the United legend.
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