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Ryan Giggs can play until he is 40, says Alex Ferguson

By Jim Gracey

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to offer Ryan Giggs the chance to extend his remarkable Manchester United career up to his 40th birthday.

Giggs turned 38 last month but shows no signs of slowing down and ahead of today’s home clash with Wigan, Ferguson said: “I think Ryan can play another year.

“There's no evidence that his energy, stamina or speed are decreasing — in fact, it's exactly the same as it was the last two or three years.

“It's amazing. I know it's mid-season now and it all depends on what Ryan thinks about his future, too... but on the evidence of what we're seeing, I think he can play for another year.”

Ferguson has also reiterated he is not looking to make a move in the January transfer window unless a top player becomes available or his depleted squad is further hit by injuries.

Writing in his programme notes for today's game, Ferguson said: “All things being equal I am perfectly happy with the strength of our squad in terms of depth, quality and age range.

“As far as I am concerned I am marching perfectly in step, true to my beliefs and principles.”

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