• Midfielder signs one-year contract extension
• Deal will take him beyond his 40th birthday
• Daniel Taylor hails United's marathon man
Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United. The deal, which runs until June 2014 and will take Giggs beyond his 40th birthday, has been agreed after a series of influential performances from the Welshman and ends speculation of him retiring at the end of the season.
The midfielder is already the most decorated player in British football history and will win his 13th league championship should United press home their 12-point advantage over Manchester City in the Premier League. He has also won two European Cups, four FA Cups and four League Cups during his 22 years at Old Trafford.
The news of Giggs's contract extension comes ahead of his 1,000th senior appearance, which includes games for Wales and Team GB at the London Olympics. He will reach the milestone on Saturday if he features in United's home game against Norwich City.
"What can I say about Ryan that hasn't already been said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being," said the United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. "Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself. He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see.
"Ryan seems to reach a new milestone every week and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract."
Giggs made his United debut on 2 March 1991 and has scored 168 times in 931 appearances. His goal in United's 2-0 win over Everton last month meant he had scored in each of the 21 Premier League seasons.
"I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team," Giggs said. "This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season."