Man United v Real Madrid: Ryan Giggs ‘proud’ to reach career milestone
Man United v Real Madrid: Ryan Giggs is in line to make his 1,000th senior appearance for club and country on Tuesday
Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed on Monday that Ryan Giggs will make his 1,000th senior appearance when Manchester United take on Real Madrid as both clubs scrap it out for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
It was a thoughtful and generous gesture from the coach to rest Giggs for the weekend league meeting with QPR, allowing the veteran winger to toast 20 years of service to his lifelong club and also to mark a career milestone, against one of the greatest clubs in the history of European football.
“These are the kind of games which I will really miss when my playing days are over,” Giggs told Uefa.com. “I just want to make sure I enjoy it to the full and now I am more experience, I am able to do that”.
It was no coincidence that the 39-year-old Giggs was chosen to accompany Ferguson in Monday’s pre-match news conference.
“I have always tried to improve season on season and I am still trying to do that now,” said Giggs, who recently signed a one-year contract extension which will keep him with United until 2014.
“I feel very proud to have played so many games. You never think you will reach 1,000 games.
“It has involved a lot of hard work and I have been fortunate enough to have spent it in a great side with some fantastic players. As the years go by, you are able to enjoy moment like this more – something which I wasn’t able to do so much when I was younger.
“For example, when I won my second Champions League in Moscow, I was able to savour it much more than the first one against Bayern.
“Experience gives you the chance to appreciate these things more because you see them in a different way.”
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