Giggs made to wait for 1,000th professional match

Ryan Giggs will have to wait until Tuesday’s Champions League

match against Real Madrid to make his 1,000th senior competitive

appearance after being rested for Manchester United’s Premier

League game against Norwich on Saturday.

United manager Alex Ferguson said Friday that Giggs would

definitely be involved in one of the matches – and has decided to

make sure the 39-year-old midfielder is fresh for the last-16

second leg at Old Trafford next week. The match is delicately

poised at 1-1 after the first leg in Madrid.

Since making his professional debut in 1991, Giggs has played

931 matches for United – scoring 168 goals, including five this

season – 64 times for Wales and made four appearances for Britain

at last year’s London Olympics.