PICTURE: Giggs presented with commemorative shirt by Ferguson and team-mates

by Sam Peoples

ryan-giggs-manchester-united-23-shirt-2Ryan Giggs today signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him playing into his 40’s at Manchester United until at least 2014.

The 39-year-old Welshman has been in fantastic form since December and has played a massive part in United’s unbeaten run that stretches back to November. Whether it was his worldly assist to van Persie’s winner at West Ham or his man-of-the-match performance against Fulham in the FA Cup, he has been nothing short of superb.

He was all smiles with Ferguson and his team-mates today after signing his one-year contract extension and why shouldn’t he be?

Speaking to Manutd.com, Giggs said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract.

“I would like to thank Sir Alex and the coaching staff and I would also like to thank David Gill who has been a tremendous support over my many years here.”

Everywhere you look, the numbers and records are incredible. He is in line to make his 1000th competitive appearance for United if he plays against Norwich on Saturday and in his time at Old Trafford, Giggs played with 144 team-mates – enough to make 22 full teams. An incredible statistic.

At the start of the season, some fans were frustrated at Giggs’ performances but they have certainly eaten their humble pie now. If Giggs can continue playing like this, there is no reason that he can’t be playing for a few years yet. One question remains – when is he going to get a knighthood?

Photos sourced from @RedMancunian

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8 comments

Theophilus Dimas 03/02/2013 - 20:20

Congrate Sir Ryan Giggs, hope the lads will learn from a true legend like you. Mr publisher, “his worldly assist to Van Persie’s winner at West Ham” it was a draw which let to a replay at Old Traford.

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Truflux 03/02/2013 - 01:08

Ryan is a noteable figure in manchester buh wt cn we sae?? He’s a bad damn gud footballer.. Giggs tearing dem apart since 1999.

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ThankGod 03/02/2013 - 00:50

Not only a lengend but an icon,ryan we thank u for being a lord of football.

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Bobby 03/01/2013 - 22:42

Not only a legend in Manchester United but also a legend in football as a whole. when you look at his style, his age, his attitude on the pitch, his leadership role, you’d just pause and say, this guy is special. Giggs is the player you look up to when you really need some good sensible play on the pitch. Love you very much and thank you for playing for this great club.

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Bred Red 03/01/2013 - 22:11

As a point of interest Timbo, football clubs do not only have one team, so perhaps you’ll be surprised to learn that your maths are questionable as you only took FIRST TEAM APPEARANCES INTO ACCOUNT. In fact, taking into account youth team games and friendlies, Ryan is very close to almost 1200 games JUST FOR HIS CLUB. And as Rafa TFSW, would say, “…..and that’s a FACT!”

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Bred Red 03/01/2013 - 21:59

Timbo, why is there always someone out to pour cold water on an article, however just to put you in the picture, Ryan has played 931 games for Manchester United and those game have stretched and are continuing to stretch for 23+ years.

Why do people try to belittle a players or individual’s achievements instead of praising them? Sad!!!

Can anyone tell me the number of games that any single player has played for the same club (Loyalty) during at least 23 years?

My personal thanks to Ryan, I saw him play a number of times and always came away gobsmacked at his skills and unselfish play.

Can you make 43, 44 or 45 Ryan? I hope so.

Again hearty congratulations on attaining 1000 games for Manchester United and Wales.

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Bred Red 03/01/2013 - 21:48

A true football legend for ALL football. Not a mercenary like so many other ‘legends of the game’ and a faithful individual, not interested in the money, just the lift he gets every time he runs onto the pitch to play with / for Manchester United. An example too all those greedy mercenaries out there and my question to them, Will you still be playing ‘PREMIER’ league football when you turn 40.

Congratulations Ryan, you are an icon to the beautiful game and a shining example to all those kids out there who want to enter the realms of professional football.

Long may you be ‘our’ star and loyal friend.

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timbo 03/01/2013 - 20:52

I think you’d find that the 1,000 appearances mark does not include just his appearances for United, as your post suggests, but also includes his appearances for Wales and Great Britain.

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