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Giggs pays Ferguson tribute

15 Dec 2009 - 09:29:24

Ryan Giggs expects that Sir Alex Ferguson will still be at Manchester United when he finally decides to end his playing career.

The 36-year-old, who was a surprise winner of the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday evening, is expected to agree a one-year extension to his contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2011.

But Giggs has no doubt that when he hangs up his boots, 67-year-old Ferguson will still be United's manager.

Giggs told The Times when asked who will be the first to leave Old Trafford: "I think it will be me. The manager is as good as ever and will go on for a long time.

"I can still see him as manager of United in five years' time, easily, because as long as he is healthy he will have the desire to carry on.

"He has a great team around him, he has his passions away from the game and can get away with his horse racing. When he comes back to football he is refreshed, and I know he still has that desire.

"Our relationship has never been better and has evolved from me just being a kid to now when he speaks to me like a friend, and asks for my advice, which gives me tremendous confidence because it proves he trusts me."

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