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‘Special’ Ryan Giggs keeps on going with new Manchester United deal

Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United.

The veteran Welshman had already indicated his wish to continue his career into a remarkable 21st season at Old Trafford and United yesterday confirmed the deal has been signed.

“All I've ever wanted to do is play for United and I've been lucky enough to do that for 20 years,” said Giggs.

“It is great to know I'm still contributing to the team's success and I feel I've got a lot to offer on and off the pitch.”

Despite celebrating his 37th birthday in November, Giggs is still making a massive contribution to the Red Devils' cause.

It was his superb pass that set Nani up for the opening goal in last weekend's Manchester derby triumph that keeps the Welshman on target for a record 12th championship.

He has made over 800 appearances for the club and recently played his 600th League game.

“You run out of words to describe Ryan Giggs,” said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. “He is a marvellous player and a wonderful man.

“To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level in such a physically demanding position at his age requires a special person.

“He is still turning in man-of-the-match performances and his experience is so vital for the younger players in the squad.”

Meanwhile, Ferguson is crossing his fingers Wayne Rooney's wonder goal in last week's derby will trigger a scoring burst for the striker.

And, with a return to Champions League action in Marseille following immediately after this evening's FA Cup clash with non-league Crawley, Ferguson is expecting big things from the 25-year-old.

“Up until last season Wayne used to go on these scoring bursts,” he reflected.

“He used to do it in five or six games in a row and then go missing in terms of goals for a few games and then come back again.

“I would be quite happy for him to go on a burst now because we have some really important games coming up.”

That list of fixtures includes Premier League visits to Wigan and Liverpool, which will be split by a trip to Chelsea should Carlo Ancelotti's men fail to beat Everton in an FA Cup fourth round replay at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Belfast Telegraph