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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

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Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has hit back at critics by reminding them that in spite of his age he still manages to score occasionally. He says he is still very fit and although he is limited positionally, he has had no complaints about his passion or his technique.

"At 37 I still expect to manage 90 minutes, although I do have to be careful not to get injured," he said. "And I have scored a number of times at home this season."

However it was his performance away from home that came as a surprise to many fans. Even though he is no longer the prolific scorer he once was, he is still considered to be an all-time major player.

During the 1990s he was involved in a number of high-profile relationships, notably with actress Davinia Taylor and TV presenter Dani Behr. He subsequently married long-term partner Stacey Cooke in 2007, and they have two children.

In April, Manchester United played Schalke 04 in the Champions League Semi-Final and the two-leg fixture started in Germany. It soon became obvious that Giggs intended to play the field. After making a number of passes, things started to happen and at one point he found himself going nearly all the way before realizing he was on his own.

Another opportunity presented itself later and even though he had no protection he went straight for the box. Unfortunately the chance was wasted when he shot prematurely, wide of the mark.

However, after Wayne Rooney set him up, he finally managed to score away from home and naturally, he was thrilled. "A few of us were up for it, but I got the best angle and that was it."

"Whether or not I'm playing away from home, there's one thing I want to get straight," Giggs told reporters recently. "Luckily, on this occasion, I was able to."

Ryan said that he will always remember the feeling when it went in. "It made my eyes water but at least I had scored away from home. I realised I had jeopardised my chances of being able to come home and repeat the feat, but I knew it was an important leg over."

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