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Giggs in line for new deal
Ryan Giggs is in line for another 12-month contract — if he decides to play on. The Manchester United winger, who turned 38 earlier this week, is just 13 appearances off an incredible 900 games for the 19-time champions. And despite being used more sparingly this term, United will sit down with the Welshman next month to discuss another season-long deal. But boss Sir Alex Ferguson will leave the ball in the player's court, as he has did a year ago with Paul Scholes, over whether or not the United legend will carry on.
Giggs is also the subject of conversation in today’s Manchester Evening News, which features an interview with former Youth team manager Eric Harrison. The legendary coach believes his former student has the required attributes to maintain his glittering career at Old Trafford and has imagined a more suitable position for the aging Welshman. “Physically he can play into his 40s and he has the football brain to do it as well,” Harrison explained. “I can see Giggsy as a holding central midfield player getting the ball off defenders and started moves from deep.”
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail claims Sir Alex is set to “wield the axe” following United’s Carling Cup fifth round defeat to Crystal Palace on Wednesday, with wholesale changes expected for this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League. The same paper also links the Reds with future moves for Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze and Udinese’s French-born Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia.