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Man United's ageless Ryan Giggs to play 1,000 match

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs with Eric Cantona in 1994. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Like the Joy Division song that bears his name when it is sung across the terraces of the Stretford End at Old Trafford, Ryan Giggs has been tearing up defences since 1991.

Now, as the Welsh wing wizard continues his defiance of the ageing process, while still producing match defining performances at the highest level while in his 40th year, he has signed a new one-year contract with Manchester United.

And as a self-professed yoga enthusiast, he has extended his record busting career to such extraordinary lengths, he could reach the 1,000-game milestone in today’s Manchester United vs Norwich Premier League match at 3pm.

This video shows Giggs scoring in the FA Cup Semi-Final replay in 1999.

The Welshman, who made his United debut in March 1991, has made a club record 931 appearances, scoring 168 goals.

With his international appearances for Wales and Britain in the Olympics added, his tally is 999.

This footage shows Giggs and Wayne Rooney stunning Chelsea with a creative corner:

The former Wales international, who will turn 40 in November, has won 12 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions League titles.

He looks set to add to that tally this season as United are 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League, while also still in the FA Cup and Champions League.

I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team.

This is an exciting team to be part of, with great team spirit, and we are again pushing for trophies as we head towards the business end of the season.

– Ryan Giggs, who scored in last weekend's 2-0 win over QPR

He is the only player to score in every season since the Premier League replaced the old English first division in 1992 having also been on target in the two seasons beforehand.

Video: Giggs and Evra in a 'cheeky' throw in:

Giggs has in the past said that practising yoga has kept him in the game so long, while Ferguson added that his enjoyment was also a key part.

Playing for Wales has meant Giggs has not featured in high-profile international matches as much as he might have done but while many England fans may have rued he was Welsh rather than English, the player himself has always been proud of his team.

What can I say about Ryan that hasn't already been said? He is a marvellous player and an exceptional human being. Ryan is an example to us all, the way in which he has, and continues to, look after himself. He has fantastic energy for the game and it is wonderful to see.

Ryan seems to reach a new milestone every week and to think that he now has 23 unbroken years of league goals behind him is truly amazing in the modern-day game. His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed a new contract.

– Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson

A fan's tribute to some of his best goals:

I think it is amazing. It is exceptional. I can only say congratulations, you are great Ryan, you are really great. I can only bow and say compliment.

It's not so important to play always in the World Cup. I think now when he had the opportunity to smell the Olympics football tournament, I think it's like a small World Cup. It's great for him to have done it.

– FIFA president Sepp Blatter

More goals from the Welsh wing wizard:

Football Association of Wales president Trefor Lloyd Hughes is hoping Giggs, who has been doing his coaching qualifications, might one day use them for the national side.

"You never know. Some years ago we thought about Ryan coming to help and I'm sure he would come and help if asked because I think Wales is very close to his heart, there's no doubt about that".