Giggs Given new deal by Fergie on merit

Aston Villa's Shay Given believed Manchester United's Ryan Giggs was not offered a new deal based on sentimentality.

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The Welshman, who will turn 40 this year, recently made his 1,000th appearance for Manchester United when he started in the team's 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid.

Despite boasting a host of youthful, talented players, Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson chose to offer Giggs a new one year deal at the start of the month. Given pointed out that the Scot would only offer contract extensions to those he still considered useful.

"Ferguson is ruthless and will only keep players he believes still play a part and he decided Giggs deserved a new contract," he wrote in a column for the Irish Sun.

"He did not get that on Friday because of past glories, he got it because he is still an important member of Alex Ferguson’s squad."

The veteran goalkeeper believed Giggs' performances over the season have earned him the right to keep playing for United ahead of other star names.

"The last few years, his form has still been excellent and he still plays a lot of the big games too," Given noted.

"He is not brought in when others are rested, Giggs is still one of the players Ferguson looks to in the important matches."

Manchester United will play Chelsea in a highly anticipated FA Cup clash this weekend.

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