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Giggs prefers yoga to nights out

Ryan Giggs has admitted his life is so boring he enjoys yoga sessions more than a night out with the lads.

The Manchester United winger is hoping to add another notable entry to his phenomenal CV tomorrow by helping the Red Devils overcome Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

But there is not much chance of Giggs celebrating in the traditional boozy manner.

Now 36, the veteran wide man is acutely aware of the need to look after his body, which is why he rarely ventures out at all these days.

"I have enjoyed my football more in the last three or four years than ever before because I don't take any of it for granted," Giggs told Zoo Magazine.

"But at the same time, I have had to make a lot of sacrifices.

"I can't get away with the things I did in my early 20s, like going out drinking and eating fast food.

"I hardly drink any alcohol these days. I have taken up yoga, which is great. I just lead a more boring life."

It was not always that way of course.

Before David Beckham came on the scene, Giggs was United's number one pin-up boy, with TV presenter Dani Behr the most notable celebrity girlfriend.

He was once bawled out by Sir Alex Ferguson after he had gone to Blackpool for a night with Lee Sharpe, part of a severe footballing education that has stood him in good stead for the trials and tribulations of a stellar career that has seen him crowned Premier League champion a staggering 11 times.

Now it is the turn of others to strut their stuff, whilst Giggs heads home to look after children Libby and Zach.

"I am aware these players look up to me, so I do make an effort to look after them," he said.

"I can relate to them a bit. We like the same music - well, most of the time - and I get on with them.

"We are all footballers and we share a lot of the same interests, so it's no problem.

"But our lives are very different away from the training ground. I will just go home and play with the children, but they go out more and come into training each day in mad clothes and talk about their cars all the time - the same things I did at their age."