Sir Alex Ferguson is set to offer veteran duo Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes new contracts.

Despite passing their 36th and 35th birthdays respectively - and in Scholes' case personal doubt over his present contribution to the Manchester United cause - Ferguson is convinced the pair are important enough to remain at Old Trafford for another 12 months.

"Ryan will be offered a new contract for next season, which is an indication of what we think of him coming up to 37 next season, and Paul knows he will be offered one as well," Ferguson said.

It could be the start of a very big weekend for Giggs, who returns to action against Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday before heading to Sheffield for Sunday's prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

Giggs is one of 10 candidates on the shortlist for the main prize, alongside the likes of Formula One world champion Jenson Button and new world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye.

Candidates from team sports do not often get their name engraved on the famous trophy but, after a career that has spanned almost 20 years and a trophy collection which includes 11 league titles and two European Cups, Ferguson feels Giggs deserves the highest recognition.

"We hope Ryan gets the reward he deserves," said the Manchester United boss.

"Consistency and longevity is not always rewarded. Look at Tony McCoy for instance. He has never won any of these awards but he has been top jockey for many years.

"Sometimes a young person who comes on the scene in one year can win it.

"But if Ryan hasn't got a chance what would that say?"

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