Ryan Giggs reckons he’s a better player now than he was in the earlier stages of his career because now he can’t just rely on his pace to beat his opponent.

“I am a better player now than I was in my early 20s, I have lost that explosive pace where I could knock the ball past a defender and knew I would beat him,” said Giggs. “I have to think about my game more and use the ball a lot better now. In my head I still think I am about 25 – I don’t feel like the old guy in the dressing room. I can relate to the young players – we’re footballers who share a lot of the same interests.”