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Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

Clint Hill's determination has prolonged his career beyond what many thought possible

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Ryan Giggs: His career in pictures as the Manchester United legend hits 40

A look at the unrivalled career of the United great as he continues to defy belief in competing at the top of the game

Ryan Giggs is still with United at the age of 40. George Best left when he was 27

Ryan Giggs at 40: 'I'll stay in bed' – birthday boy plans to avoid Manchester United pranks

Player says he'll be glad when the big day is over

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

Ryan Giggs 40th birthday: 'I'd be finished by now if I'd left Manchester United'

The Welshman has been a one-club man

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

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.

Ryan Giggs makes a pass during Manchester United's 5-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday

Bayer Leverkusen 0 Manchester United 5: 'We really killed them on the counter-attack,' says Ryan Giggs

Midfielder, who turns 40 on Friday, said team-mates made victory 'a pleasure'

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

Ryan Giggs admits Arsenal deserve to be top of the Premier League, but claims history shows Manchester United can still win the title

United threw away two points at the weekend when they conceded late against Cardiff

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

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Pallister jokes that it's time Giggs retired but remembers the first time he saw the midfielder play as a 15-year-old in United's youth team

Wayne Rooney has refuted suggestions about his fitness

Cardiff City v Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson's wrong about me, insists Wayne Rooney

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney has dismissed suggestions that his good form this season is down to improved fitness, insisting he was just as fit last season.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea can be the best in the world according to his coach Chris Woods

David de Gea hits out at criticism, admitting it was 'a lot to take' at the start of his Manchester United career

The Spaniard has since put an end to the doubts over his ability

Sir Alex Ferguson autobiography: Ryan Giggs? Jaap Stam? Wayne Rooney? Roy Keane? The best of the 45 inaccuracies

Multiple errors found by eagle-eye readers in the best-selling book

Adnan Januzaj cost United £500,000 from Anderlecht

Expectations around Adnan Januzaj must be tempered warns former Manchester United player Gary Pallister

The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this season

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