Ryan Giggs applauds the Manchester United away fans

Ryan Giggs is the role model for all the players at Manchester United, says Chris Smalling

The Welsh midfielder will turn 40 tomorrow

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson makes impromptu visit to Manchester United dressing room

The former manager popped in to see his former team following their 5-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen

Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney pictured during the 5-0 victory over Bayern Leverkusen

Ryan Giggs is 'getting better' with age, suggests Manchester United manager David Moyes

The Welshman, who turns 40 tomorrow, was superb in Manchester United's Champions League win against Bayer Leverkusen

Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney pictured during the 5-0 victory over Bayern Leverkusen
Ryan Giggs applauds the Manchester United away fans
Ryan Giggs applauds the Manchester United away fans

Bayer Leverkusen 0 Man United 5: Ryan Giggs is getting better, claims David Moyes ahead of the midfielder's 40th birthday

The cliché 'life begins at 40' is rarely true, especially so for an athlete, their career is usually completed at that age, but David Moyes believes Ryan Giggs can be the exception once more.

Emir Spahic guides Wayne Rooney’s free kick into Leverkusen’s net for an own goal
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad

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David Moyes greets the goalscorer Robin van Persie at the end of the game

Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United: Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie to miss Champions League game

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David Moyes
Ryan Giggs has been praised for his Manchester United career by former team-mate Gary Pallister

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has claimed that the current Premier League table will count for nothing when May comes around

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Manchester United fret over double-injury blow to striker Robin van Persie after he picks up individual toe and groin knocks

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