Giggs dismisses MLS speculation

RYAN GIGGS likes the American way of life but has played down the prospect of ending his remarkable career in Major League Soccer.

Manchester United’s record appearance holder, heading into his 18th season at Old Trafford, is building up his fitness at the club’s training camp in Chicago.

Such is the esteem he is held in, Giggs managed at the age of 36 to secure a one-year extension to his contract, and the one-club man is expected to finish his career where it began in the 1991/92 season.

Asked in a phone interview posted on USA Today’s website about the possibility of playing in MLS, Giggs said: “Being in America you have a great lifestyle, good for raising a family. The play is getting better. I still have a year left with Manchester United. After that maybe, maybe I will be too old.”

United take on Celtic in Toronto on Friday before further tour matches against Philadelphia Union, Kansas City Wizards, the MLS All-Stars and Chivas Guadalajara.

Giggs, who has made 838 appearances for United, scoring 155 goals, knows the team faces some stern tests in the coming weeks.

He said: “MSL has grown and the success of the USA in the World Cup can only have helped football.

“We want to get our fitness. It is a good opportunity to get our rhythm against good competition.”

United’s World Cup stars are unlikely to feature in the Barclays Premier League opener against Newcastle next month, according to manager Alex Ferguson.

England duo Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, France’s Patrice Evra, Park Ji-sung of South Korea, Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic and new signing Javier Hernandez of Mexico were United’s six representatives in South Africa.

Rio Ferdinand is hopeful of being fit for the start of the season after injury prevented him captaining England in South Africa, while Nani was in the squad which flew out to America after being ruled out of Portugal’s World Cup campaign. Owen Hargreaves’ long-term knee troubles ruled him out of Fabio Capello’s thoughts and a fresh setback will see him miss the start of the new season.

Hernandez will link up with United’s squad on July 27 in time to face his former club Chivas three days later, but Ferguson will bide his time over assessing the fitness of the remainder of his World Cup players, who are due to report back to the club on July 28.

Ferguson said: “Even the Community Shield (against Chelsea) does not come onto the agenda as a need-to-win game, it’s being used as the final part of preparation.

“That’s on August 8, then there are internationals during that week, and we have the first game the following Monday against Newcastle.

“In that time, after we’ve surveyed the fitness of the ones who’ve been at the World Cup, we’ll really know if any of them or all of them should play in the opening game.

“I have the feeling we’ll probably not play them all but maybe one or two will play in it.”


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