Ryan Giggs: '40 is the new 30'
Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has no qualms over turning 40 in a few months as he participates in his 24th career as a professional.
The Welshman is only 55 games away from reaching 1000 appearances in all competitions for United but has started the season in disappointing fashion and has been left out by new manager David Moyes in recent weeks.
However, the winger will go down as a Red Devils legend whatever happens in his career from now for his unparalleled success.
Giggs has won an amazing 13 Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford.
Reflecting on his veteran status, Giggs told the official Manchester United website: “Apparently 40 is the new 30, so I’m looking forward to it.
"I know it’s quite daunting for some people but you just have to embrace it, not worry too much about it and just enjoy yourself.
"I’ve never really put too much stock in my age – to me, it’s more about how you feel and I feel pretty good at the moment. That said, I might try to keep my birthday a secret from all the lads when it comes round on 29 November. That might prove tough, though!"
Giggs has however conceded that he finds the rigours of professional football much tougher than he used to.
"What’s changed most over the years is the time it takes for me to recover after a game," he continued.
"Instead of having a day’s light training after a match, I might have two recovery days now. And playing Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday just doesn’t tend to happen anymore.
"I definitely feel the effects of playing football these days. Sometimes I’ll see other players who I played alongside – like Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes or Phil Neville – and they have retired already, even though they’re younger than me. I suppose it’s quite funny to think I’m older than them and I’m still going."
Giggs will be hoping he can be given the chance to impress against fierce rivals Liverpool in League Cup action this week after he was subbed early in the Premier League fixture a few weeks ago.
Moyes' men will be looking to get back on track after a humbling 4-1 defeat to their Manchester neighbours on Sunday.