January 17, 2013

Fergie says Giggs to play next season to join Strachan and Sheringham

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects 39-year-old midfielder Ryan Giggs (left) to be playing at Old Trafford next season
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Ryan Giggs will be playing for Manchester United next season.

Giggs, 39, will become only the third outfield player in the Premier League era, joining Teddy Sheringham and Gordon Strachan, to play into his 40s if he stays on at Old Trafford.

'He will play for another year,' said Ferguson to the club's in-house TV station MUTV.

'There are no discerning signs of tiredness or weakness in his game, his quality is still there and he has fantastic balance.

'He has the appetite for it and he is just an incredible human being.'

Though Giggs has seen his role limited in his twilight years, he remains a key part of the Manchester United squad, making 17 appearances this season.

Giggs, who has also made a club record 926 appearances for United, captained the side in the 1-0 FA Cup replay win over West Ham on Wednesday night.

Edwin van der Sar holds the record for the oldest player post-Second World War - he was 40 years, 211 days when he made his final appearance for United in the 2011 Champions League loss to Barcelona at Wembley.

However, Giggs was rather more coy than his boss when told that Ferguson suggested he could easily play for another year.

'I don't feel like that now!' he said after playing the full 90 minutes against West Ham.

'I'm enjoying it more than ever at the moment, though. The FA Cup at Old Trafford...if you don't enjoy it you need to pack it in.'

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