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Ryan Giggs Set To Retire At End Of Season?

by Adam Davies

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Old Trafford veteran contemplating hanging up boots.

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Whether Giggs, who was 37 less than a week ago, will still be a United player on his next birthday, the veteran midfielder now concedes, is by no means certain.

The question comes up every year now. It has shadowed Giggs for at least three seasons, but while the Welshman, who will mark the 20th anniversary of his United debut next March, has regularly viewed December as decision time, this season is different.

“For me, where I’m at right now is the thought that I’ve had a stop-start season, so I just want to get back playing. I’m not going to play every week, but I want a consistent run over a couple of months to see where I’m at,” he said.

“But it gets closer every year, the thinking that, ‘This could be my last season’. I’m closer this season than I was last season, but that’s probably because I haven’t been playing regularly.

“If I have a run in the team and play well, then I will probably want to carry on. If I don’t, then I’ll have to assess it. But I think I have a relationship with the manager where, if I really wasn’t enjoying my football or I didn’t think I was being effective, I could just sit down with him and we would both be honest to each other and say, ‘Right, that’s it’.” (Daily Telegraph)

Ryan Giggs has undoubtedly been a fantastic servant to Manchester United.

He has evolved from a flying winger into a cultured midfielder with a wonderful delivery and football brain, and it will be sad to see the back of him.

The only player ever to have scored in every single Premier League season so far, as well as in eleven consecutive UEFA Champions League seasons, and the record appearance holder for Manchester United, Giggs’ record speaks for itself.

Eleven Premier League titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League trophies, the Welshman’s stellar career will be remembered long after he is gone.

Ryan Giggs will be irreplaceable, but one day soon, Sir Alex Ferguson will have to think about how to replace him.


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