Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs is determined not to make the same mistake as team-mate Paul Scholes by retiring too early.

Scholes called time on his professional career last summer and settled into a coaching role with United's reserve team - only to return in January after a plea from manager Sir Alex Ferguson to help ease his midfield struggles. Giggs considered retirement last season during a frustrating spell out of the team but has remained part of Ferguson's squad throughout.

He is set for his 900th appearance for the club in Thursday's Europa League clash with Ajax and he told the Daily Telegraph: "When to retire is difficult. Do you quit too early or go that one too many games and let people see you on the slide? Retirement is just a decision that I have to take my time with because I feel different after each game."

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