LONDON - With a vintage cameo at Cardiff City last weekend, Ryan Giggs demonstrated that he remains an integral player for Manchester United despite the arrival on Friday of his 40th birthday.
Playing in the city of his birth, the Welshman rose from the bench in the 73rd minute and immediately caught the eye with a first-time through ball for Danny Welbeck, who shot over.
It was Giggs also who led United's vain charge for a winning goal after Cardiff's Kim Bo-kyung had made it 2-2 in stoppage time, lofting a delicately weighted 50-yard pass into the path of Wayne Rooney, only for the United striker to botch the opportunity by electing to pass.
Alex Ferguson may have stepped down as manager after 26-and-a-half long, glorious years and United may have fallen off the pace under his successor David Moyes, but the ageless Giggs bounds on regardless.
"The best thing is to say he doesn't play like he's 40 and he doesn't look like he's 40," Moyes said recently.
"He's an outstanding player and it's a privilege to be working with him on my staff, but also to have him as a player. I've seen something different since I've come here - just how good he is, close up - and it's incredible."
Giggs is starting to cast an eye towards the future, having been enrolled on United's coaching staff following Moyes's arrival from Everton, while he recently opened a London restaurant with former team-mate Gary Neville.
However, although his current United contract is due to expire in June, he says he has had no thoughts about turning the page on his playing career.
Asked by Neville during a recent television interview whether the approach of his fifth decade had brought retirement into sharper focus, he said: "I've never been guided really by the age.