Ryan Giggs celebrates his 40th birthday today, but the veteran Manchester United midfielder has moved quickly to quash any speculation that he may be contemplating hanging up his boots.

Giggs, United's record-appearance holder with 953, took up a coaching role this season under David Moyes, but has plans to continue representing the club on a playing level until he feels he can no longer be an effective asset to the team.

The Welshman starred in United's 5-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen in Germany in midweek, and left the Bundesliga side awe-struck by his ability and longevity.

The ultimate professional, his experience and example can only be of benefit to Moyes, helping to aid and inspire any young players coming through at Old Trafford.

Giggs believes there is an "ageism thing" in football, but vows to continue to defy logic by performing as an outfield player at the elite level into his forties.

The flying winger-turned-midfield dictator has enjoyed a career that could only be imagined in a young boys dreams. Undoubtedly a great, his influence and ability has been stamped on one of the worlds biggest clubs for two decades.

Comfortably the most decorated player in English football history, Giggs feels there is still time to add to his incredible collection of honours.

After his performance this week in Leverkusen, few would bet against Giggs inspiring United on their way to yet more silverware before his time is done.

Happy Birthday to a legend, Ryan Giggs!

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