Incredible Giggs open to new deal as Ferguson hails 38-year-old United legend
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the “incredible” longevity of Ryan Giggs.
Giggs turned in a virtuoso display at Fulham on Wednesday, when he extended his record as the only player to score in every Premier League season.
With so many injuries affecting the United squad at present, Giggs is likely to be heavily involved over the festive programme, including the Boxing Day encounter with Wigan at Old Trafford.
Evergreen: Ryan Giggs celebrates his goal at Fulham on Wednesday
And the level of the 38-year-old”s performances continues to amaze even the man who has worked with the Welshman far longer than anyone else.
“He was unbelievable on Wednesday,” Ferguson said. “He controlled the midfield. I saw Danny Murphy bellowingto the forwards to come back because he was finding it hard.
What memories: Sir Alex Ferguson and Ryan Giggs in Barcelona in 1999
“We know he is incredible. It is an established fact. It is an unusual sight we are seeing in the modern-daygame, a lad at 38 performing at that level.”
Giggs has confirmed talks will soon begin with Ferguson over his future plans, and whether his playing career will extend to yet another season.
“It”s almost that time when I”ll sit down with the manager and see what his plans are and I”ll see how I”m feeling,” Giggs said. “At the moment I feel really good and I”m enjoyingthings more than ever, so we”ll just have to wait and see.”
Giggs has helped United stabilise a strange season in which they currently stand second in the table, just two points adrift of a Manchester City outfit who have attracted so manyplaudits.
Yet United have also suffered that 6-1 home mauling by the Blues, been dumped out of the Champions League thanks to a shock defeat in Basle andfound themselves eliminated from the Carling Cup thanks to a quarter-final loss to npower Championship outfit Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
“If you lose a derby game 6-1, get knocked out by a Championship team in the quarter-final of the Carling Cup and lose to Basle, who are not a power in Europe, you can understandthe criticism,” Giggs told the club”s website.
“But we have shown the resilience and determination to do something about it each time it has happened.
“We lose games in normal seasons. This season we have lost games that have been dramatic and a bit more emphatic in the sense of the impact it had on our chances of winning trophies.
“These were bad results for us but the character of the team has rescued us each time.”