Giggs signs 1-year contract extension at United

Ryan Giggs prolonged his trophy-laden Manchester United career

into its 21st year by signing a 12-month contract extension on

Friday.

The 37-year-old former Wales winger, who has made a club-record

862 appearances for United since signing professional terms in

1990, is now tied to the Premier League leader until the summer of

2012.

”It’s great to know I’m still contributing to the team’s

success and I feel I’ve got a lot to offer on and off the pitch,”

said Giggs, who has been one of United’s best players this

season.

”This is an exciting time to be involved with so many good,

young players coming through.”

Giggs, who made his first-team debut for United in March 1991,

was one of the most decorated players in British football, having

won 11 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups

and three League Cups.

United manager Alex Ferguson described Giggs ”as a marvelous

player and a wonderful man.”

”To have the desire and the ability to play at the top level in

such a physically demanding position at his age requires a special

person,” Ferguson said.

”He is still turning in man-of-the-match performances and his

experience is so vital for the younger players in the squad.”

Giggs has made 24 appearances for United this season, scoring

three goals – including the winner against Liverpool in a 1-0

victory in the third round of the FA Cup.