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Giggs’ United Future Depends On Three Things

After scoring United’s last goal in our Premiership winning season, as well as our last penalty in the European Cup final, many wondered whether Giggs was going to call it a day over the summer. He’s had a brilliant career, one which will probably only truly be recognised once he retires, so there might have been the temptation to end on a high.

Having now broken the record number of appearances for the club, Giggs reckons he might call an end to his playing career at the end of this season, although is fairly relaxed and will see how he feels.

“I will keep playing as long as I enjoy it, I am fit and the manager wants me,” said Giggs. “If one of those three things stops, I will consider retiring. It could be at the end of this season. Or it could be the next one. I am at the end of my contract in May, so we will see. At the minute, there hasn’t been any contact with United. I am as fit as I have ever been. The only difference is recovering from games. Two days after a game, I am still tired. Before, I could play Saturday-Wednesday, Saturday-Wednesday no problem. Today, I would be a lot less efficient at doing things. Nowadays, I only play once a week, it’s very good that way.”

Giggs has also reflected on how his feelings towards trophies and stress have changed over the years. 

“Today, victories and titles make me happier than when I was younger, because I know that they could be the last ones,” he added. “The Champions League win last season made me a lot happier than in 1999, for instance. I am lot more confident than I was before. My relation to stress has changed over the years. When I was first in the first team, at 17 or 18, I felt no pressure at all. Nothing. It lasted for three to four years. Then things changed, injuries happened, I had poor games, and suddenly I started feeling the pressure. It weighed on my game. But since I turned 30, I don’t think about anything any more, there’s no pressure.”

Do you think Giggs should retire at the end of this season?

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  1. Costas says:

    If one player deserves to finish his career at United,it’s Ryan Giggs.Fergie will be here next season right?So it’s very simple.Meet with the lad,see if he wants to carry on next season and offer him what he wants.It will be a very sad day when Giggsy leaves United,especially if he decides to play elsewhere.I have critisized him for some performances in recent seasons but he has impressed me with his maturity and the fact that he knows what his limits are.

  2. spacemanspiff says:

    Sadly all good things have to end and Giggsy’s career is the very best. Great servant of Manchester United and will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the game’s modern greats. I think he still has another season with us (plus one more Premier League and CL trophy :p) before bidding adieu.

  3. Bud says:

    Younger players at our club could learn a lot from him. But I doubt that if he won’t get a new contract offer from Fergie he’ll leave for another team. I think it’s more likely that he retires. A true legend who will be remembered for many years to come…

  4. olusanjo says:


  5. invertedquestionmark says:

    I hope that Giggs, Scholes and Gary stay for the next season as well, they deserve to see United bypass Liverpool’s title record. :)

  6. Androo says:

    I hope that Giggs stays at United after he retires. I’m sure there are many roles he can adopt. He’s a true Red, like Scholes and G. Neville.

  7. King Eric says:

    Only Giggs knows if he will play another season depending on if his legs will allow. I for one think he has been revitalised in this more central role. Whatever happens we have to respect his decision. LEGEND.

  8. Giles Oakley says:

    It’ll be a sad day when Giggsy hangs up his boots. He’s been one of the greatest players United have ever had, and not just because of his astonishing medal haul.If he wants to carry on, United would be crazy not to give him another contract. He’s an inspirational player who, along with Gary Neville and Paul Scholes embodies the United Way. All that experience of winning trophies must be a huge asset in the dressing room when Squeaky Bum Time comes around, even if increasingly he comes off the bench in the last 20 minutes. It’s true what people say, Giggsy will only really be recognised for what he’s achieved when he’s retired. There have been so many sublime moments it’s hard to pick them all out, but I still remember the first time I saw him in the flesh, at White Hart Lane, a skinny 17year-old with his shirt flapping on his back as he fearlessly ripped past his full-back. From that moment I knew we’d got a real gem. He got a cracking goal at Spurs , the next season I think, but one of my all time favourites was when he slalomed all the way from his own half through the heart of QPR before lashing it in high and wide past the keeper (Great game, 3-2 to United, Ferdinand was terrific for Rangers). It was like a rehearsal for THAT goal against the Gunners, only it was through the middle, not on the wing. How often do you see that?? If he does retire this season, let’s hope it’s with a sackful of trophies to see him off, including that magical 18th title…

  9. Firestarter says:


    Obviously, it ll be a sad day when he hangs up his jetpack laden boots but it it would hurt really bad to see someone who i have grown up watching struggle in what was once his arena.

    But obviously, i ll hope he uses the coaching badges at United.

  10. James says:

    Whilst it is obvious he is not the player he was, he still contributes something positive when he plays. He can still pick out a good pass, makes intelligent runs, can tackle quite well and is very composed under pressure. I think this will be his penultimate season though in special circumstances he might retire this may – for instance if we win another double or he gets a bad injury. I hope he can end his career on a high, maybe in the back of his mind he wants to break the 800 mark for appearances.

  11. DanS says:

    Thank you Ryan!

  12. Gazza says:


    Ryan Giggs – Legend

  13. denton davey says:

    Ryan Giggs is now a solid, seasoned professional – not a superstar. That said, it is both frustrating AND reassuring to have Ryan Giggs in our team so I think that he should be used as an “impact sub” and not as a starting player because that way his value will be best appreciated. He’s lost that extra yard of pace that made him into the best attacking wide-player of his day. Having lost that edge, he tends to conserve his energy when he starts a game but in a super-sub cameo he can go full-out for fifteen or twenty minutes.

    I have no idea about the dressing-room value of having seasoned veterans like Giggs, Neville, and Scholes but when you look at TheArse who have been stripped of their veteran, professional leadership then it becomes reasonably clear that these guys do add something to the team’s chemistry.

  14. DinoTheDog says:

    I am the same age as Giggsy, so I hope he isn’t old enough to retire just yet.

    I suspect that if Sir Alex, or Giggs himself, feel he can no longer contribute to the team, he will retire. But I hope he has at least one more season in him. No one expects him to play every game, but I’m certain he can still be an example, and still score the odd goal.

    I suspect I am not the only one to feel that of the oldies, the only one I could picture in a different shirt, would be Scholesy in an Oldham shirt.

  15. suhayl says:

    Nevs scholsey and giggsy…..hope they play on as long as they can…..giggsy another season after this..scholsey another 3…nevs another 2. As long as they can please. LEGENDS.

    Then they can all join the utd boot room with ole and choccy and the res forever

  16. Morangt says:

    I know that there is no offer on the table but I think Ryan has at least now earned the right to decide whether or not he wants to stay for a 20th season. 2 goals and 9 assists so far this season is production enough to warrant another contract and betters what the likes of Anderson and Park have contributed. Experience is key and also the fact that Giggs will play any game for the team which is handy. You wouldnt get Ronaldo playing the early games of the league cup generally but he is Mr.United and though he may not force it upon us like the Neviller deep down we all know he loves the club as much if not more than all of us. Twill be a sad day when he retires but I agree I’d love to see him there if we have a chance at no.19 next season. And no.5 in europe after this year’s quad haha. Then what would the scouse say?

  17. Red-Manc says:

    It will be a sad day when Giggsy finally does retire, he’s been a fantastic player over the years one of the best we’ve ever had at this club and one of the hairiest :) . It will be an end of a era when the likes of Giggs,Scholes and Neville hang up their boots we’ll have to be ready for it because we will fucking miss them big time true legends, i can see Neville and Giggs taking up coaching roles at Old Trafford though.

    Giggs will tear you apart againnnn!

  18. King Eric says:

    We need those 3 around the lads in some kind of capacity even when they do retire as players.They must be such a great influence and presence to have around the dressing room. Especially at this time of the season onwards when the games come thick and fast and the pressure starts to mount. Invaluable!

  19. themarkedman72 says:

    The best player to ever play in english football??
    Will we ever see the likes again??
    I will never forget watching the highlights of his first league game.
    Thats all I could get back when I was what??17.
    The absolute model proffesional.


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