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Richard Jolly profile picture Posted by Richard Jolly
Sep 24, 2013

Ryan Giggs ready to face 40th birthday

Ryan Giggs insists he is not worried that he will soon enter his fifth decade and said age is just a number.

Next season will be Giggs' first as a professional without Ferguson as his manager
Giggs made his senior debut for United in 1991.

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The Manchester United winger turns 40 on November 29 but, while he recognises his days of playing every match are long behind him, he feels fine to carry on contributing on the pitch.

The senior citizen of the Old Trafford dressing room said he is more concerned by his team-mates’ reaction to his landmark birthday.

“Apparently 40 is the new 30, so I’m looking forward to it," he joked to United Review. "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 November 29. That might prove tough, though."

Giggs has continued to play after younger team-mates who began their careers after him have hung up their boots.

The player-coach featured in United’s first four matches of the season but accepts that, when there are midweek fixtures, he has to sit some games out.

"What’s changed most over the years is the time it takes for me to recover after a game," he added. "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."

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