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Giggs: Rooney Can Beat My Record

So much of United’s history reads like an elaborate script for a movie, ranging from the incredible to the unbelievable. Ryan Giggs’ career fits perfectly in to this story, spending 18 years (so far) at the club, winning the Treble, scoring that goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final replay, and beating Sir Bobby Charlton’s record for appearances on the night he won the second European Cup of his career, scoring the final penalty for United.

Giggs reckons that Wayne Rooney is the best candidate for beating his record and hopes this is the case. Whether he can manage close to the 800 appearances with his injury prone feet is another matter though.

“I think there are players here who could do it,” said Giggs. “Wayne Rooney has been here since he was 20 and has the capacity to stay in the team a long, long time. Hopefully he and other players will do what I’ve done and spend their careers at United. It is a special club and it is not easy to stay in the team throughout your career – but it is possible.”

Giggs has also reflected on his own future, with the hopes of staying at the club for longer than just the year he has remaining on his contract.

“I’ve got a year left and as long as I feel healthy, I’m enjoying football and playing a lot of games, I will carry on,” he added. “I’m enjoying it more than ever. When you realise the end is coming, you try to enjoy every game because you appreciate how hard it is to make a career in this sport. It does take longer to recover now than when I was 19 or 20 and could play every day. But if you look after yourself, you can stay as fit as ever. I’m not as fast as I was, but you make up for that with experience and use your head more. With the nutritionists, diets and science these days, barring injury, there is no excuse for not playing into your 30s.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. john ferry says:

    At first I thought there was no way Rooney would ever equal Giggs’s record, considering that most forwards retire a little earlier than most midfielders (Giggs is now in his mid 30′s, not a lot of class forwards in their mid 30′s). However, I pose the question : could an early, to mid 30′s Rooney transition into a type of midfielder in the style of Scholes?

  2. Anant says:

    definitely…i honestly see wazza as scholesys natural successor . he has all the necessary attributes to be world class attacking midfielder , which is the position scholesy used to fill (remember 02-03?) . it is a position we’re currently struggling to fill with our strikers dropping deep to facilitate the link up play . anderson is by definition an attacking midfielder but ever since he has been with us he’s been deployed in a more defensive role which he is actually very good at , so i dont see the need to disrupt that . if wazza can fill in this AMF role , we could in theory accomodate all the 4 big guns in the starting lineup . remember , fergie is the best at getting top players modify their game – scholesy and smudger stand out as prime examples . would be delighted to see wazza transform into the paul scholes of old .

  3. JIM says:

    fuck that man rooneys that good he could play in goal for united till his mid 40s

  4. gingerprince says:

    …. also dont we play more games every year now then we did 10 years ago ????


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