Robson: Giggs can play into his 40s

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson believes Ryan Giggs can continue playing for the club till his 40s.

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Despite being the most decorated player in the Premier League, Giggs continued his record-breaking ways by making his 900th appearance for Manchester United in February. The experienced winger was also recently named in Stuart Pearce's Olympic football squad, Team GB, ahead of his former team-mate David Beckham. 

Although several are skeptical of Giggs' impact in the Red Devils' next league campaign, Robson told ManUtd.com that he expects the Welshman to remain an important member of the playing staff into his 40s.

"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. Both of them are dedicated pros who want to win more things so they will go about it the right way," he said.

"I can see especially Ryan, perhaps Paul depending on whether his joints allow him to do it, but I can see Giggsy playing well past 40 just because of the natural fitness of the lad."

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made his move to strengthen the midfield by signing Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell. While Robson is glad for the influx of talent, he is hoping for the return of a certain Scottish player from the injury list.

"I still think we've got enough quality in the midfield area, although people are talking about it, Michael Carrick had a terrific season last year," Robson stated.

"Unfortunately, because of the illness to Darren Fletcher, we probably could do with somebody to replace Darren at this moment in time. Everyone has got to keep their fingers crossed and maybe he can get over the illness and come back because that would be a major boost for the club. So let's hope that happens."

Although Ferguson himself was not optimistic about Fletcher's chances of returning, the manager did assure the midfielder that he has the club's full support in his recovery.

"We'll wait and see about that. Obviously the boy is trying very hard to get back to his level. It's not going to be easy but we'll give him every possible chance and we'll see how he does," Ferguson shared with MUTV.

"He kept himself active towards the end of the season when he replaced Paul Scholes as a reserves coach when Scholes decided to come back to the fold as a player. Darren's a terrific lad and we all hope he can come back."

Should Fletcher be forced to sit out the upcoming league campaign, Robson has tipped Tom Cleverley to shine in his absence.

"For me, this is a big season for Tom Cleverley, he did have a lot of injuries last season but this year has to be the year where he rallies and proves himself to be a Manchester United player. So it is going to be a big year for Tom," he stated.



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