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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

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Position: Defender
Joined United: 22 Jul 2002
Transfer Fee: £30million
Previous Clubs: Leeds United
United Debut: 27 Aug 2003 v Zalaegerszeg (H)
International England


* FA Premier League: 2002-03, 2006-07
* League Cup: 2006
* PFA Team of the Year, with Manchester United : 2006/2007
* Community Shield: 2003, 2007


Giggs extends Reds deal

Manchester United is pleased to announce that Ryan Giggs has today extended his contract for a further season until the end of June 2009.

Ryan has 18 major titles to his name including 9 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups and 1 European Cup. He made his United debut at Old Trafford on 2nd March 1991 against Everton and has played 727 matches to date - making him second only to Sir Bobby Charlton (759) in most appearances for the Club - and scored 141 goals.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “I am absolutely delighted that Ryan has signed for a further season. Ryan Giggs epitomises the word loyalty, he signed here as a 14-year old school boy and is still with the club 20 years on. Apart from his playing ability he has a fantastic demeanour and is a great role model to the younger players. I am sure he will be at the Club for a long time to come.”

Ryan Giggs said: “I am delighted to have signed for a further season. I am enjoying football more than ever and I hope to carry on playing football for Manchester United for as long as I can. I would like to thank Sir Alex, the fans and everyone at the Club for the great support I have received over the years.”


New deal for Edwin

Manchester United are set to open talks with Edwin van der Sar over a new one-year contract extension. The Dutch goalkeeper has been in excellent form this season, keeping seven successive clean sheets, and United are ready to reward his exemplary contribution. Despite being 36, United believe he can play on until May 2009 before eventually leaving Old Trafford. Van der Sar, who currently earns around £35,000 a week, will retire from international football with Holland after next summer's Euro Championships. That will free him to focus his attention fully on his commitments to United, who expect England keeper Ben Foster to emerge as his long-term replacement.
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror