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Giggsy – One club the key to his success

Ryan Giggs is celebrating his 40th birthday today and has generated plenty of column inches of praise. What Giggs has done is not just play football until he’s 40, but played football at the top level until that age, which is made all the most impressive by the fact he started playing for the first team when he was 17. He’s spent more years of his life playing for United than he’s spent not playing for them, which is pretty bonkers.

Still, he attributes his success to the fact that he has stayed at one club for his entire career.

“If I’d moved from club to club I’d be finished by now,” said Giggs. “I’m lucky that I have been at one club, where I am surrounded by good players. I also have a good manager. I look after myself and try to train every day in order to make myself available for selection. I enjoy it as much as I can and, of course, try to contribute to the team.”

New manager David Moyes has echoed this sentiment.

“He’s undoubtedly at the top because of his longevity and the time that he has played for just one club, the amount of games he has played in Europe and in the Premier League,” said Moyes. “Every season, you can look at Ryan Giggs moments. To be playing so well at his age is terrific and a great example to young players about how you should dedicate yourself throughout your career. It also tells players who get into their early to mid-30s and think things are coming to an end that if they really look after themselves and train well, they can go on for a lot longer.”

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  1. Tommy says:

    Its incredible that hes still playing when hes 40, astonishing defies logic anu athlete can still be going into his 40s, what a wonderful career hes had and still has, I have heard hes getting a contract extention so he will be playing when hes 41, words cant describe how incredible it is and a remarable achievment he keeps setting every single year!

  2. Fletch™ says:

    Love this comment from Giggs. One club man!

    Even Carragher seems a fan :cool:

    Why I still marvel at Manchester United’s humble superstar… Giggs is the best in Premier League history

  3. united till i die says:

    Legend really is the only word to describe him. One day he will sit with the likes of Dennis Law,George Best and Sir Bobby Charlton. For me fans are too quick to appoint certain players from the SAF area as club legends simply because they were fan favorites when they played.

    Personally I can only think of 4 or 5 players from that era who I would give that title to and they are Roy Keane – Ryan Giggs- Eric Cantona – Paul Scholes. For me these are the players ill be telling my kids about in 25-30 years time much like older reds down the pub talk to me about watching the three mentioned above.

  4. zibbie says:

    @ Fletch
    Thanks, I bypassed that one. Gold.

    Wow 10 years back when I first started following MUFC. Giggs had injury bug. Some called for his head. SAF let Keane go. Then Becks @ Ruud. Giggs @ Scholes @ G Neville states.

    Giggs wow. Thanks.

  5. zibbie says:

    I will be 52 next month. At 69 who of this group might get 15 years.

    This year in the CL, this team to go deep… Home @ Home with a spine of DDG, Vida, Jones, Rooney @ RvP!

    FA CUP! Moyes has gone deep with Everton.

    Moyes has €’s and his staff. Next 2 WINDOWS!

    Tea leaves
    Giggs goes public with Rooney advice. Stay break Sir Bobbys record.

    Smalling in interview after his cl game. Rooney leads,teaches, instills confidence in all. And pushes the team to glory.

    Moyes says Rooney can be Captain! Pp

  6. yugo44 says:

    Giggs,what a more contract extension

  7. UnitedFaithful says:

    Players come and go,dynasties forge and crumble but some gets etched to the legacy on which the club was built.Giggs is certainly one of them.He will always be up there with the best to have graced OT.My childhood footballing hero.Happy Birthday Sir.

    Giggsy will tear you apart again….

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  9. xyz says:

    Should they retire the 11 jersey when he finally retires? I’m never sure what I think about retiring jerseys but if ever a United legend deserved it, it’s Giggs. In today’s game I don’t think we’ll ever see his records broken. 13 league titles. 13 fucking league titles! Love the story of him finding league winners medals in the back of his sock drawer….quality.

    @Zibbie – I agree – I think people forget how many injury problems he had in his 20s. Used to tear hamstrings all the time. Bizarely, he’s still playing because of yoga!

  10. wayne barker says:

    xyz yeah Giggs losing his medals is funny shows his mentality once something is won it’s over with all that matters is the next game ,compare that to Terry who has a special room and a life size manikin of himself the fucking tosser

  11. Fritz Chen says:

    Carragher’s column is a fitting tribute to Giggs – Mr. Reliable himself one of the few classy figures who transcends the United-Liverpool rivalry. And yes, they should retire Giggs’ No. 11 jersey when the man does retire. This is a unique player in football history – none will ever enjoy such a long, trophy-laden, consistent and loyal career like Ryan Giggs.

    Eventually, I’d like to see a statue of our New Holy Trinity – Gary, Scholes and Giggs – three one-club greats of the same era, outside of Old Trafford.

  12. Costas says:

    Legend. Happy 40th birthday.

  13. DreadedRed says:

    United Legend Giggsy – thanks for everything!

    RoM Legend Costas – welcome home good sir!

  14. xyz says:

    @Wayne – tells you all you ever need to know about John Terry. Agree on Giggs’s mentality….winner through and through….


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