Giggs’ desire still burning bright
While Sunday night’s awards ceremony was building up to its climax,
inside his mind Giggs was still brooding over Manchester United’s
home defeat by Aston Villa little more than 24 hours beforehand.
It is that gnawing pain that provides the 36-year-old
Welshman with the conviction he still has plenty to offer the club
he has serve for 20 years – and indeed talks will start soon on a
new contract for next season.
Giggs said: “I’m hungrier for the game than I’ve ever been. I
was sat there taking everything in during the ceremony and still
thinking about the game the night before. It still hurts that we
“If defeats are still hurting you then it shows you have
still got that desire to carry on, and that’s certainly the case at
the moment. “I’m probably playing the best I have ever played at
the moment and enjoying it more than ever before.
“As long as I’m enjoying it and getting picked and the desire
is still there, I’ll carry on.” Giggs said he would not contemplate
having a swansong at a different club and does not foresee any
problems with the contract negotiations.
“I might have to put this trophy on the table – if I’m
struggling!” he joked. “It has been the same thing over the last
two or three years at this time of year – it has been quite relaxed
and no problem and hopefully that will be the case again.
“It’s nice to be wanted and they know I don’t want to go
anywhere else, I want to end my career at United.” Giggs’ success
in beating Formula One champion Jenson Button and world heptathlon
champion Jessica Ennis to the BBC award showed he has a special
place in the affections of many football fans, whichever club they
support, and he looks to be following in the footsteps of another
player who is synonymous with United, Sir Bobby Charlton.
“Bobby is the role model for all players who come through at
United because not only did he do everything, it was the manner in
which he did it,” said Giggs.
“I was fortunate enough to break his appearances record and I
have known him since I was 13 or 14, you watch people and I’ve seen
the way he conducts himself.
“When he travels away with us he gets more autograph hunters
than some of the players so you know you are in the presence of a
“People either love or hate United but opposition fans seem
not to dislike me too much – you do get people coming up and saying
they admire you as a player and that’s always nice.” Giggs also
paid tribute to the role manager Sir Alex Ferguson – who will take
charge of his 900th league game for United when Wolves visit on
Tuesday night – has played in prolonging his longevity.
“It’s helped me because the manager has known me from such a
young age and that if I have had a couple of bad games he knows I’m
going to come around and start playing well again.
“If a new manager comes in, then you never know – you can
lose a bit of form and they think you are finished.
“I’ve been very lucky to have not just one manager but such a
“I gave him a mention in my speech so he should be happy!”
Giggs limped out of the 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa with a hamstring
problem and does not think he will be risked for the Premier League
encounter with Wolves.
“It’s not too bad but I doubt it,” he said. Dimitar Berbatov
and Michael Owen will hope to be involved for United, who have
already beaten Wolves in the Carling Cup this season and will not
want to waste a second chance to draw level on points with leaders