Giggs can play on – Ferguson

Giggs extended his record of scoring in every Premier League

campaign with his goal in Wednesday’s 5-0 win at Fulham. He

subsequently revealed he was due to speak with Ferguson about his

future plans. Now 38, Giggs has been on a rolling one-year contract

since he hit the 30 mark. Though long-time team-mates Paul Scholes

and Gary Neville have both retired in the past 12 months, Giggs

seems to go on and on. And, providing the veteran Welshman wants

to, Ferguson cannot see any reason why he should not stay for yet

another campaign. “I think Ryan can play another year,” the Scot

said. “There is no evidence at this moment in time 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. “He knows he can’t go on forever, we know he can’t go

on forever, but he can play for another year.” Although Giggs will

continue to be an integral figure at United, it is to Carrick

Ferguson is looking to fill the void left by Scholes’ exit. The

30-year-old boasts a remarkable record, winning four Premier League

titles in his five seasons at Old Trafford, in addition to

featuring in three Champions League finals. On most of United’s

better days, Carrick has been a central component. Yet he remains a

divisive figure among the Red Devils support – a large section of

whom would have backed the Geordie’s sale in the wake of last

season’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona at Wembley. Carrick

has become an increasingly influential member of the United squad

this term, though, as injuries have ripped the heart out of

Ferguson’s midfield. He scored his first goal in 70 games with a

stunning solo run at QPR last weekend and followed up with a

typically stylish display at Fulham. And, though he has not

featured for England since failing to make an appearance at the

2010 World Cup, Ferguson feels it is time Carrick fulfilled his

potential. “Michael’s been one of our best players over the past

few weeks,” Ferguson said. “He’s been instrumental in what’s

happening to the team at the moment. He’s grabbed the nettle. In

some ways, he’s maybe seen the departure of Paul Scholes as his

opportunity to be the main man in midfield.” And not before time,

according to Carrick’s manager. “It’s time Michael became the

pivotal player of our team,” Ferguson said. “We’ve always known

he’s got that in him. “He’s a laid-back character – quiet and

unassuming – but in different periods during his time here he’s

shown his quality. “Now is the time for him to start a long period

of dominating the centre of midfield like he has in the last few

weeks.”