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‘I don’t know if I’ll have another year’: Ryan Giggs reveals FA Cup’s allure, but hints at end to Manchester United career

By Alex Bysouth

Manchester United’s stand-in skipper Ryan Giggs still believes in the beauty of the FA Cup after his side saw off a stubborn West Ham United, but admitted he may call an end to his glittering career.

An early Wayne Rooney effort on his return from injury was enough to see United through, despite the England forward missing a penalty late on.

This set up a nervy finish at Old Trafford, but 39-year-old Giggs, who played the full 90 minutes and put in a Man of the Match performance, was just pleased to see the club he has devoted his career to progress into the next round.

“If you don’t enjoy nights like this you never will,” he told the BBC. “In the FA Cup anything can happen so we are pleased to get through.

“I don’t know if I’ll have another year, I’m enjoying it now and we’ll see what happens.”

The Hammers made life difficult for the home side, but United held on to set up a fourth round tie with Premier League Fulham at Old Trafford.

“West Ham are a tough team to play against,” added Giggs. “We couldn’t get out of our half at the start of the second half, but we kept it better when Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes came on.

“Some players are coming back from injury which can be tough but they did well.”

Rooney got the Red Devils off to a flying start, finding the net within ten minutes of his first start in 2013.

Mexican Javier Hernandez did well to beat the offside trap before sliding the ball into Rooney’s pass allowing him to slot home with ease.

United nearly doubled their lead on the half hour mark, Giggs this time conducting play and combining with Antonio Valencia to set up Nani.

The Portuguese fired in a volley that seemed destined for the net, only to be cleared off the line by West Ham defender Dan Potts.

Giggs was again at the heart of United’s attacking play when his cross struck Jordan Spence’s arm, and left Phil Dowd no option but to point to the spot.

However, Rooney completely miscued from 12-yards, firing high over Jussi Jaaskelainen’s crossbar, but Giggs and co held on in the dying moments to keep their FA Cup dream alive.

Picture courtesy of James Adams via Wiki, with thanks

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