The unstoppable Ryan Giggs - Manchester United star's delight at new deal

13 February 2009 12:45
Manchester United

star Ryan Giggs has been identified as a future Old Trafford coach by manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Giggs yesterday signed a one-year contract extension at the age of 35, which will take United's most decorated player to within a few months of his 37th birthday when it expires in the summer of 2010.And it is understood that Ferguson wants Giggs to play a future role in coaching the Barclays Premier League and European champions' youngsters.Giggs has not yet ventured out at the club's Carrington training base as a coach but last summer he took the first steps towards taking his qualifications and has more ahead of him at the end of this season.

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Ferguson believes Giggs — who has made a record 787 United appearances — has the right character and temperament to pass on his technical ability and two decades of experience to young players at the club. Last night Giggs himself was content to look ahead to another 18 months — at least — as a United first-team player.  Giggs still going as Man United wing wizard agrees one-year extension

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He said: 'I feel fit and I'm enjoying my football more than ever. This is an exciting young team and the spirit is great in the dressing room. I want to be a part of that and achieve even more success.' Giggs joined the club as a youth player after almost joining rivals Manchester City

and made his debut against Everton

in the old First Division in March 1991.

Still got it: Giggs is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring against West Ham

No longer an automatic starter under Ferguson, Giggs nevertheless continues to play a crucial role as United look for four trophies this season and underlined his continuing value at the weekend when he scored the winning goal at West Ham. United manager Ferguson said last night: 'His lifestyle, the way he looks after himself, his desire to always want to win are a credit to him and also an inspiration to any young kid who wants to become a footballer. He is like a young boy in the way that he plays. And although he wants to take part in every game, he understands that using his experience when it matters is a benefit to him and the team.' Giggs puts his own longevity down to the way he has learned to look after his body — especially his sensitive hamstrings — and the fact that he retired from international football with Wales two years ago. He has played in all 10 of United's Premier League-winning campaigns, has won the FA Cup four times, the League Cup twice and has two Champions League winners' medals. In last year's Champions League final, when he scored United's final penalty in the shoot-out victory over Chelsea, Giggs surpassed Bobby Charlton's club record of 758 appearances and he is on course to top 800 by the end of the season.

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Former United youth director — and former Wales assistant manager — Eric Harrison said: 'When the day comes for Ryan to finish, and it's a while away yet, he will be great as an ambassador or as a coach because he has always been prepared to help younger players out. 'Ryan is a fantastic role model for kids. His behaviour is impeccable. 'When he was with Wales, for example, if ever a new player came in and joined the squad he would be straight over there offering advice and help.

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'As a player, his has been a God-given talent. He has natural pace and balance and that is something you are either born with or you are not. You cannot teach that. He has looked after himself very well over the years and that shows now. 'I'm not surprised that he has adapted his game and that he has shown himself able to play in the centre of midfield now. 'He has always had that intelligence and the capacity to learn and absorb things very quickly.' Giggs will be part of the United squad who travel to Derby in the FA Cup on Sunday and could even captain the team against Nigel Clough' s Championship side. Striker Wayne Rooney, who has been out with a hamstring injury, is likely to delay his own return to action until next Wednesday's Barclays Premier League meeting with Fulham at Old Trafford.

 Giggs still going as Man United wing wizard agrees one-year extension

Veteran Giggs rolls the back years as United edge past West Ham to reclaim top spot

Winning four games earned the England rugby team a gong, so 20-year world-beater Giggs deserves a big Knight out at Palace, insists Fergie

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