Secret to Giggs' Indian summer? I just look after myself, says Man United star

17 February 2009 09:29
Ryan Giggs is taking the common sense approach to prolonging his career. [LNB]The Manchester United[LNB]veteran signed a one-year contract extension last week that will keep him at Old Trafford until he is nearly 37. [LNB]He celebrated by producing another brilliant performance in Sunday's FA Cup win at Derby as United maintained their unlikely bid for a quintuple.[LNB] Going strong: Ryan Giggs is enjoying an Indian summer at Manchester United [LNB] [LNB][LNB]DES KELLYWhy Ryan Giggs tops my list of football icons[LNB] Little wonder Red Devils assistant boss Mike Phelan is among a growing body of experts who feel Giggs is playing better than at any other stage of his illustrious career. [LNB]The former Wales captain does not want to enter that debate. However, with 788 appearances and a barrow load of trophies and now deployed in central positions rather than on the wing, he confirms there is no special secret to his longevity.[LNB][LNB]HATCHET MAN: Giggs is no longer a great player - age has left him limited, just like Becks[LNB] 'It is all about common sense,' he said. 'I have to look after myself and get enough rest. I also have to make sure my attitude and preparation for games is right. [LNB]'For many years now, I have said you look to get better and improve your game. I have always tried to do that and adapt to different situations. I have played midfield and up front when I was younger. None of it is alien to me because I have done it before.'[LNB]Giggs had a hand in all four United goals on Sunday, plus the one Cristiano Ronaldo had controversially disallowed.[LNB] Master and apprentice: Giggs celebrates with Nani after the young United winger's goal against Derby[LNB] [LNB]And, although he is likely to be rested for tomorrow night's Premier League encounter with Fulham, he seems sure to have a major part to play in United's quest for silverware. [LNB]'I am certainly enjoying my football more than ever,' he said. 'It is for other people to judge whether I am playing as well as I have ever done. But I am playing quite regularly and the team are playing well, which is what we want.' [LNB]With Wayne Rooney set for a place on the bench at best - Ferguson is tempted to leave the England striker out until Saturday's clash with Blackburn - Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov are set to return to a more familiar starting line-up tomorrow. [LNB]Edwin van der Sar will look to extend his incredible clean sheet streak to 14 games against his former club, which would put United well on the way towards opening a five-point gap over second-placed Liverpool.[LNB] In Keane's footsteps: Gibson is United's latest hope tipped to fill Roy's boots[LNB]Mourinho's in the mood to ruin Fergie's Champions League dream again[LNB]DES KELLY: My top ten Premier League icons - with Ryan Giggs at No 1[LNB]HATCHET MAN: Giggs is no longer a great player - age has left him limited, just like Beckham[LNB]MANCHESTER UNITED FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NET[LNB] [LNB]  

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