Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is good enough to play into his 40s, insists Bryan Robson

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester United’s most decorated player Ryan Giggs is good enough to play well into his 40s, insisted his former teammate Bryan Robson.

The 38-year-old Welshman was voted the Premier League’s greatest-ever player and signed a one-year contract extension to stay at Old Trafford until 2013.

And after being given the nod to join Stuart Pearce’s Team GB Olympic squad, Robson expects the winger and Paul Scholes to continue delivering their vintage displays for years to come.

“Both are fantastic professionals and it was great to see Scholesy come back and play so well in the second part of the season,” Robson told 

“The boss knows how to use them as well as he rests them at the right time and gets them in and they look fresh. Those two will do a great job for the club again next year.

“You definitely have to do things differently in terms of training. The boss maybe gives you a few more days off compared to what you normally get. But it’s up to you as individuals as well.

“You have to look after yourself that little bit better and prepare yourself that bit better.

“Both of them are dedicated pros who want to win more things so they will go about it the right way. I can see especially Ryan, perhaps Paul depending on whether his joints allow him to do it, but I can see Giggsy playing well past 40 just because of the natural fitness of the lad.”

Giggs has made 909 appearances in a 22-year career at Old Trafford and is the only player to have scored in every Premier League season since its inception in 1992.

But United have been criticised for not successfully replacing their older players however Captain Marvel declared the team’s quality is good enough as it is.

“I still think we’ve got enough quality in the midfield area,” said Robson. 

“Although people are talking about it, Michael Carrick had a terrific season last year. Unfortunately, because of the illness to Darren Fletcher, we probably could do with somebody to replace Darren at this moment in time.

“Everyone has got to keep their fingers crossed and maybe he can get over the illness and come back because that would be a major boost for the club. So let’s hope that happens.”

Tom Cleverley is United’s other star in the Olympic squad and the youngster will be looking to prove he is in good form ahead of the new season.

“For me, this is a big season for Tom Cleverley,” claimed Robson. 

“He did have a lot of injuries last season but this year has to be the year where he rallies and proves himself to be a Manchester United player. So it is going to be a big year for Tom.”

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