Ryan Giggs signs new contract

  • Last Updated: March 1 2013, 13:29 GMT

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension.

Ryan Giggs signs new contract

Ryan Giggs

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The new deal will take the Welshman beyond his 40th birthday and is a reward for his recent stellar performances, included a goal in last week's win at QPR that kept him in line to land a record 13th league championship.

"What an incredible career," said Ferguson.

"He seems to reach a new milestone every week. It's unique in the modern game, but I think it's more than that - I don't think it will ever be achieved again by anyone."

Other than legendary AC Milan duo Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta, it is difficult to think of anyone who has remained at the very highest level for quite so long, and, as Ferguson has previously pointed out, the physical demands on a defender do not compare to those made on an attacking player.

"Twenty-three years in the first team is unbelievable," said Ferguson.

"He is an example to all in the way he looks after himself.

"I told him this morning I expect a bill from his mother for all the sandwiches and teas she used to make for us when we went to his house every week when we were trying to get him to sign schoolboy forms.

"It seems a long time ago. He will be involved (against Norwich) tomorrow and on Tuesday (against Real Madrid) so somewhere along the line he is going to play his 1,000th game this week."

Giggs has always said he was never in a rush to determine his short-term future.

There have been points this season when he did not appear to have one.

However, he has rediscovered his most effective form over recent weeks and now has a major part to play in United's treble quest.

"I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, feel I am making a contribution to the team," said the veteran Welshman.

"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."

Although Giggs' role has changed down the years, from the flying winger of old to the calming influence in central midfield, he retains the core abilities Ferguson believes have set him apart from most of his peers.

"He still has that wonderful youthfulness in the way he plays, he still has great balance and a change of pace," said the United boss.

"He still has his fitness and still gets you a goal."

  • We take a look back at Ryan Giggs career which spans over 20 years.
  • Giggs made his United debut against Everton at Old Trafford in the 1990-91 season
  • Giggs was already an established member of the first team when he captained the youth team to FA Youth Cup glory in 1992
  • Giggs scored one of the best goals of his career against Tottenham early in the 1992-93 season.
  • That season saw the birth of the Premier League and United finally win the title.
  • Giggs and Paul Ince perform their trademark celebration in 1993
  • Giggs and Lee Sharpe fought it out for the left-wing spot in the United side during the early 90s. Here they celebrate winning the title in 1994
  • Giggs won his first FA Cup medal when United completed the Double in 1994 by beating Chelsea at Wembley
  • But it was heartbreak a year later when United were pipped to the title by Blackburn and lost the FA Cup final to Everton
  • Giggs celebrates his superb goal at Manchester City that helped United win the Double 'with kids' in 1996
  • If you look closely, you'll see Giggs in grey when United lost 3-1 at Southampton.
  • Giggs, Irwin, Sharpe, May and Pallister were among the most experienced members of that Double-winning squad
  • Giggs and Scholes get cosy in 1996
  • The United players celebrate winning another title in 1997
  • Giggs whelels away scoring surely his finest-ever goal, against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final replay in 1999...
  • ...and is mobbed in the ensuing celebrations
  • Giggs also scored a crucial equaliser for United in the 1999 Champions League semi-final first leg at Old Trafford
  • Giggs and Nicky Butt celebrate winning the the first part of the Treble...
  • ... before Beckham, Giggs and United complete the job by beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final
  • Teddy Sheringham and Giggs celebrate winning the third-consecutive title in 2001
  • Giggs was rewarded with a testimonial in 2001 - a decade ago
  • The miss of his career - Giggs shoots over an open goal against Arsenal in the 2003 FA Cup
  • United got their trophy back by winning the Premier League title again in 2003
  • Giggs and Ferguson get ready to celebrate
  • Giggs picked up his third FA Cup winners medal in 2004
  • United and Giggs lifted the Carling Cup in Cardiff in 2006
  • Giggs collects one of the three Player of the Month awards he has won
  • The Queen presents Giggs with an OBE in 2007
  • Giggs scored a cheeky winner when taking a quick free-kick against Lille in the 2006-07 Champions League.
  • Giggs scored a crucial volley in the away win at Fulham in 2007
  • After a three-season drought, United celebrate winning the Premier League in 2007...
  • ... and Giggs is showered in champagne
  • Giggs equalled the appearance record for United and scored a crucial second goal against Wigan as United secured the title in 2008
  • Giggs collects the Premier League trophy
  • Giggs lifts the 2008 Champions League trophy after United beat Chelsea in Moscow
  • Giggs sent Petr Cech the wrong way from the spot in the shoot-out
  • Sir Bobby Charlton presents Giggs with a watch after the winger broke the record for United appearances in the final in Moscow
  • Giggs added the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2009 to his list of honours
  • Giggs scored a crucial goal for United in a win at Middlesbrough on their way to the title in 2009
  • United made it three-in-a-row...
  • ... but Giggs tasted defeat in the Champions League final when United were outclassed by Barcelona
  • United lost the title to Chelsea in 2010, but Giggs played a key role in taking the fight down to the final day of the season
  • Giggs continued his record of having scored in every Premier League season with a goal against Birmingham in January
  • At the end of the 2010-11 season, Giggs' form led to him signing a new deal.
  • In the 2011/12 season defeat at Chelsea, Giggs equalled the club record for league appearances.
  • On his 900th appearance for the club Giggs scored a last gasp winner at Norwich to keep United's title tilt on track.
  • Still going strong in the 2012/13 season, Ryan Giggs finds the net against Everton to continue his Premier League goalscoring record.
  • If the Welshman features against Norwich on Saturday he will have made 1000 career appearances.
Ryan Giggs' career in pictures after the Welsh wizard signs a one year contract at Man Utd.

A bit like his own stint as manager, Ferguson finds it impossible to say when Giggs will eventually finish, mainly because he has not suffered the type of injuries that ended Gary Neville's career and currently sideline Paul Scholes.

"Every coach has to look at his players when they get into their 30s because if you get injuries then there is no doubt it has an effect," said Ferguson.

"Ryan has never had any real injuries but unfortunately that was the case for Gary Neville and Paul Scholes has got that little problem with his knee at this moment in time.

"He's on the mend now, but when you get injuries at this age it takes you a little while to get back.

"Paul has been amazing because he's had two or three injuries over the years and has come back better every time.

"I'm sure we'll get the benefits of Paul Scholes at the tail end of the season."

Scholes has already given coaching a go, having worked with United's reserve team during the first half of last season, when he was in a retirement he eventually abandoned.

Nicky Butt is currently doing the same thing and while Giggs has spoken of managerial ambitions in the past, Ferguson believes the 39-year-old will initially remain within the Red Devils fold when he does eventually decide to hang up his boots.

"The plan is for Ryan to stay on (at the club after he's finished playing)," said Ferguson.

"Involvement after they've played here is important, whether that be as a coach or assistant manager or working with the youth team.

"If anyone has ambitions to be a manager you should take on different roles before you get there, almost as a preparation.

"He (Giggs) has got to take his badges and spend time with the young players in the academy and prepare eventually to be a manager."

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