Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension, which will keep him at the club till 2014. Giggs made his debut for the Red Devils in 1991 and his contract will see him complete 23 years at Old Trafford, a feat unmatched by any player in the Premier League thus far.
The 39-year-old has made 931 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 168 goals. This makes him the seventh highest goalscorer in the history of the club. He has won 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson, who has praised him for his commitment.
"What can I say about Ryan that hasn't already been said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being. Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself. He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see. Ryan seems to reach a new milestone every week and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract," Ferguson said.
The Welshman has also been an indispensable figure in United's potential treble charge this season, scoring five and assisting twice in 22 appearances in all competitions. Giggs scored the second in United's 2-0 win over QPR last weekend to keep them 12 points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table. The Old Trafford legend will complete his 1000th senior appearance, including those for Team GB (in the London Summer Olympics 2012) and Wales, in United's match against Norwich City at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Giggs has also been credited with scouting for United, having previously tried to lure compatriot Gareth Bale to Old Trafford before his move to Southampton and then Tottenham.