LONDON - Ryan Giggs believes the stability of playing for Manchester United throughout his career has allowed him to extend his playing days.
He turned 40 yesterday but his performances remain of such a high standard that United manager David Moyes is already hinting the Welsh midfielder could continue to play next season.
If Giggs does sign an extension to his current one-year contract, his first-team career with United will have reached 24 years.
It could also allow him to hit the 1,000-game milestone. He has already made 953 appearances.
But Giggs admits it could have been so different had he ever opted to sever ties with the club where he made his name, as fellow United youth-team graduates David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville all discovered on leaving Old Trafford.
"If I'd moved from club to club, I'd be finished by now," he said.
"I'm lucky that I have been at one club, where I am surrounded by good players. I also have a good manager.
"I look after myself and try to train every day in order to make myself available for selection.
"I enjoy it as much as I can and, of course, try to contribute to the team."
Only once, since he made his debut against Everton in 1991, has it appeared that he could leave United.