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Monday 11 December 2017

Giggs in no rush to retire

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs is determined not to make the same mistake as team-mate Paul Scholes by retiring too early.

Scholes called time on his professional career last summer and settled into a coaching role with United's reserve team - only to return in January after a plea from manager Alex Ferguson to help ease his midfield struggles.

Giggs considered retirement last season during a frustrating spell out of the team but has remained part of Ferguson's squad throughout and is set for his 900th appearance for the club in Thursday's Europa League clash with Ajax.

And he said: "When to retire is difficult. Do you quit too early or go that one too many games and let people see you on the slide? Retirement is just a decision that I have to take my time with because I feel different after each game.

"He (Scholes) was missing it and it's no secret that me, (Gary Neville) and a few other people felt that he had finshed too early, but who where we to know?

"We wanted him to carry on but he'd made his decision quite early and it was probably too early, which I think he accepts now. Who knows? Maybe he'll carry on next year." Giggs attributes his longevity to the switch from his long-time left-wing role into the centre of midfield in recent years.

"Moving in to central midfield has definitely helped me," he said.

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