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

got beaten.

“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

proper legend.

“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

great manager.

“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

Chelsea.