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One More Year For Giggsy

Ahead of his likely 1000th competitive game this weekend if he plays against Norwich, Ryan Giggs has been rewarded with another one year extension on his current contract.

“I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team,” said Giggs. “This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season. I am delighted to have signed a new contract. I would like to thank Sir Alex and the coaching staff and I would also like to thank David Gill who has been a tremendous support over my many years here.”

At the beginning of the season, when Giggs was used in a central role, it appeared as though this would be his last season for United, following a string of poor performances. However, since being used on the wing again in recent months his form has improved dramatically.

Read this excellent article on Giggs.

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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. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    No surprise there and it’s deserved. Can’t see Scholesly getting an offer though.

  2. markdegea says:

    A true legend.
    This the difference between our darling club and other clubs. We are already looking forward to next season. Comeon lads we have a jobb to do against norwich tomorrow. It is pay back time. We are. Marching on!!!

  3. Manc Harvin says:

    Giggsy’s won more trophies in his career than City have in their entire history.

    World Club Champions – Giggs 2 City 0
    European Champions – Giggs 2 City 0
    European Cup-Winners Cup – Giggs 0 City 1
    UEFA Super Cup – Giggs 1 City 0
    League Champions – Giggs 12 City 3
    FA Cup – Giggs 4 City 5
    League Cup – Giggs 4 City 2
    Community Shield – Giggs 8 City 4

    TOTAL – GIGGS 33 CITY 15

  4. lawman10 says:

    Question………………..who will retire first Giggs or Fergie ?

  5. reddy says:

    My own theory is that his early season poor form was because Team GB and the Olympics in the summer…

  6. markdegea says:

    Both we retire at the same time and both we become directors. Lol

  7. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Fergie is a wise man, the benefits of keeping the likes of giggs around will be felt on the long run, the scot-man knows he can sail the ship for too much longer but he can leave his influence around the team. The likes of giggs, nicky butt now coaching the reserves, possibly scholes will hopefully stick around in some capacity, their presence will drive united on and their experience will become valuable. Another year deal for giggs, starting to wonder if he’s a bionic man because he’s just kept going and the desire for football doesn’t wane i don’t think this deal prevents any younger player breaking through but it gives an example of how far you can go if you continue to push and improve. I, like many started to doubt giggs’ impact this season, especially in central mid but since been moved to the wing, his form has increased, i think he should stick there.

  8. greenhoff77 says:


  9. Marq says:

    Good for Him

    But it should not mean that we don’t go out and get another midfielder. We definitely need one more guy in there. And add to the fact that the WC is notoriously hard to do business, we should get it done this summer and not the next

  10. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Brilliant for Giggsy and the Club!

    The list of accolades just keeps on growing.

    He is on the verge of his 1000th senior game (club and country)
    He likely will not appear 1000 times for United, But with another year, 950 isn’t out of reason.

    He has achieved 150 appearances in Europe, a staggering number.

    22 years at one club! Bring on #23!

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Brilliant Photo of Giggs and Sir Alex!

  12. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Loads of great articles on Giggs:

    Guardian highlights all the players who have played with Giggs over 22 seasons!

  13. Costas says:

    The usual stuff I’ve been saying for the past 3-4 years. Glad for Giggsy, it will be an honor to see him play another year, but we should finally buy a CM.

  14. FletchTHEMAN says:

    While Giggs is sorted for another year, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferginand & Sir Alex are all on contracts that run out June 30. That is just 4 months, or 119 days!

    I suppose this could be it for Paul though he definitely could contribute.
    But Rio is still such an important player. 24 appearances so far is incredible.

    Amazing fact: United are on a 17 game unbeaten run!

    Hope that continues at least through the next 4 home fixtures! :twisted:

  15. wayne says:

    Not a surprise Giggs just keeps on performing and his influence with the younger lads in ingraining them into the Utd way must be immense.He already has his badges wonder what’ll happen when he does retire pretty obvious he want’s to manage
    Wouldn’t surprise me to see Scholes retire this year

  16. Valiant Red says:

    This may be the end for Young though. Zaha will get integrated next year with Giggs as backup, or even the starter for high stake games.

  17. Marq says:

    Well, Zaha plays more on the right, and Nani still hasnt sign a new contract, so if anything, Nani is the one nearer the exit door

  18. WeAreUnited says:

    I think the contrcact will have him play games, but I bet my ass that Giggsy is signed more toi be there for the youngsters and give that winning mentality and he WILL help Zaha alot!

    @Fletch -> Amazing fact: United are on a 17 game unbeaten run! _> WOW

    BTW another fact

    Amazing fact: United have 13 comebacks this season in all competitions with 12 wins and 1 draw.

  19. wayne says:

    It’s to early to say who will be gone,as Marq said Nani hasn’t signed a new contract and according to reports Utd have given him a ultimatum.Who knows if Utd are going to anyone in the off season and unless Zaha is brilliant from day 1 normally takes time to become a starter

  20. WeAreUnited says:

    ‘For that calibre of boy you need to be first, there, sitting on them. Ryan was a United fan but I was very disappointed with City. I left them as a result.’ Giggsy was a Unietd fan all along :)

    ‘I recommended him to City but United got there first – you have to get there first, though the lad’s from a United family.’

    Ryan Giggs, blossomed again this season, he had a tought tough beginning in the middle of the park, then SAF realised (joke) he’s a winger and voila, the rest is history!

  21. WeAreUnited says:


    you know that I prefer Nani over all our wingers, but I also believe that Nani will go and Ithink it would be wise for him and for the club that this saga stops and he establishes himself elsewhere.

    Do I want this? Hell no, but I think it’s the most wise thing for both of the parties.

    But if it was up to me, I would never let him go. FOr the sake of the club and the lad, sell him and give Zaha the chance, after all, I have said all along that if and when we win our 20title, SAF will make the last transition and let the kids play more, cause history repeats itself.

  22. samuel - united WE stand says:

    It has to be a sad moment of football when nani is nearer to an exit door than young, it really makes no sense but it’s up to the portuguese to sign up. nani and zaha will provide flair and valencia (if he ever returns to form) makes a good batch of wingers.

  23. FletchTHEMAN says:

    We Are United: Cheers mate! That IS an amazing fact.

    Need to start getting the work in about how many of those fight backs were down to RvP goals.
    The ladies from Liverpool and Spurs are putting out the bunting for Suarez and Bale for POTY. Think the real numbers from RvP will show those two prima dona’s for what they are.

    Come ON United!

  24. WeAreUnited says:


    exaclty! And I really hope it doesn’t happen, but I think it will be the case, unless SAF wakes up and gives Nani the contract and says goodbuye to Young if he’s on his last year.

    But I think it will happen, and it will be the best for the club (because of these speculations and not the talent Nani has) and for Nani to get his football run that he deserves.

    We’ll see, I expect the worse but believe that SAF is smart enough and keeps him.

    It’s up to the boy, is he ready to fight (again and again and again) like he has always done and proved himself, or will he go somewhere else and do his thing there.

    That’s up to SAF and Nani.

  25. wayne says:

    WeAreUnited i’d have no issues with Nani staying with the right attitude just haven’t been impressed with the way he’s gone about things.If Utd have offered a take it or leave it contract and he hasn’t signed doesn’t look promising
    I also think his sudden upturn in interest and form is because he’s shopping himself around to get the big contract elsewhere,maybe that’s me being too cynical
    If he does leave Utd will sign someone else,Sir Alex loves strikers and wingers.

  26. WeAreUnited says:


    if Bale or Suarez wins the player of the season award I will laugh my ass off, RVP will win his firts PL title and we win our 20th and RVP the POTY.

    ridiculous to think that they would win it before RVP.

  27. WeAreUnited says:

    “I also think his sudden upturn in interest and form is because he’s shopping himself around to get the big contract elsewhere,maybe that’s me being too cynical”

    I think you’re too cynical my friend, I think it’s more of that he has been injured and had a dip in form and is too much hated this season. And now he has found himself and now he found his FORM and wants to fight to show what he’s made of.

    But is it too little too late? or does this turn SAF to respect Nani again as a player? I think the turning point will be against Real Madrid, IF Nani starts there, he will sign the contrcatc and SAF trusts him again, if not, he’s gone.

  28. wayne says:

    just found this on newsnow talking about wingers,this guy saying Bebe is also in the mix

  29. WeAreUnited says:

    Money is money, but players are humans also, and knowing the charachter of SAF and the respect the boss gives and has, every player wants to be loved like Ronaldo was loved from SAF, and Nani is not an exeption.

    The difference is, Nani doesn’t get that, he gets 3 games, if he plays bad, he gets benched and called inconsistent and when someone else does that, it’s only dip in form.

    Every player no matter what money they earn, wants the respect from the boss. How do you get that? by playing good ans showing attitude, and now Nani is doing that again after the dip in form and the injuries. That’s a good attitude, but like I said it earlier, too little too late? I hope not.


  30. King Eric says:

    Word is that fucking cunt Durham is saying “How is Giggs getting a new contract closing the gap on Barca”? What the fuck has that to do with anything? Barca the team that are most likely gonna be out of Europe in a fortnight. Show some fucking respect you little Ingerlunder prick.

  31. wayne says:

    King Eric mate Durham talks shit all the time to wind people up must be good for ratings,he takes ridiculous view points day after day.

  32. kel says:

    YEAHH BABY! I cried when Solskjaer retired and say those words on his last match.

    As times passes, we tend to forget what we really want and what we support.

    We grew more greedy and time waits for no one, we are old and they are old.

    Lets cherish and enjoy when we can =(

  33. belfast red. says:

    Well deserved! Invaluble to the youth player’s to have such a legend there to teach and guide them. If any 1 deserves a knighthood its Giggsy aswel. How sweet would that be? :)

  34. Red4ever says:

    Ryan giggs is rolling down rolling down rolling down
    Ryan giggs is rolling down
    Rolling down the wings (year) ;p

    Cheers mate its his last contact I think, lets cherish his last games coz we are not going to see him tear them apart again ,,,,sir ryan giggs

  35. denton davey says:

    Wayne @ 15:42: “Bebe is also in the mix”

    To quote the late, great Chief Dan George, when I read this “my heart soared like an eagle”.

    I’d just love it – love it ! love it ! love it ! – to see Bebe come good. The transfer was indeed strange BUT his raw physicality, speed, and power are Drogba-like. And like Didier Drogba, Bebe is a very late starter – Drogba didn’t really play above the third level of French professional football until he was 24 (Bebe is now still just 22).

    The “sceptics” jumped all over the transfer fee – and especially the agent’s share in that fee – but the kid is a genuine “project” who might turn out. to be every bit as much of a genuine hit as Chicharito who – do they need reminding ? – nearly quit football altogether when he was 19/20 but at his father/grandfather’s urging came back to give it another shot at Chivas Guadalajara and the rest is a great, great story.

    Just because Manucho and Mame Biram Diouf didn’t make it at UTD is no reason to immediately turn on Bebe – or to sell him short. (Diouf has already scored in double figures in the Bundesliga this season) Give the guy a chance to be groomed as a professional football player and – only THEN – let’s see what Bebe can achieve.

  36. denton davey says:

    Samuel @ 11:56: “many started to doubt giggs’ impact this season, especially in central mid but since been moved to the wing, his form has increased”

    It’s all about “what have you done for me lately”. And, “lately”, TheLegend has been UTD’s best left-wing player. I wouldn’t be in the least surprised to see him playing there next Tuesday in UTD’s most important match of the season – until UTD’s next “most important match of the season”.

  37. Lee Martins Winner says:

    I have just spent the last 30 mins reading some of the comments on the BBC website regarding Giggs new contract. The biggest sign that Giggs will go down as the best prem league player there has been is the fact that fans of Liverpool, Leeds, chelsea etc are all saying that he is a legend.

    Players are often enflated by thier own clubs fans, but the respect that Sir Ryan has and is recieving from our most hated rivals shows what he has achieved.

    The standing ovation at the Virus will live long in my memory, as I am sure how Utd fans showed thier appriciation for Ronaldo’s display at OT (lets hope that history does not repeat that one!)

    Some goals, games, players transend even the biggest of rivalries, Giggs is one such player, I am honoured to have watched him play for “my” team.

    Tears you apart!

  38. King Eric says:

    Lee Martin’s Winner. Spot on pal. Rival fans never have a bad word to say and that is testament to the Legend. Yeah Madrid went up massively in my estimations with that ovation. Fair play to them.


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