Bryan Robson: Man United’s Ryan Giggs can keep playing past 40

Bryan Robson is confident Manchester United's veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs is fit enough to play "well into his 40s"

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Ryan Giggs has made 909 appearances for Manchester United Photo: jmage, via Flickr

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Bryan Robson is confident Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs can play into his 40s after the midfielder was named in Great Britain’s squad for the Olympics.

Head coach Stuart Pearce confirmed the 38-year-old’s place in his 18-man squad on Monday and London 2012 will be the first time the Welshman has played at a major international tournament in his 21-year professional career.

Robson, who himself retired aged 37, has heaped praise on United duo Giggs and Paul Scholes, and claims they will be able to continue playing for another few years if Sir Alex Ferguson uses them sparingly.

“Both are fantastic professionals and it was great to see Scholes come back and play so well in the second part of the season,” Robson told United’s website.

“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 Giggs playing well past 40 just because of the natural fitness of the lad.”

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