United legend wants five more years of Fergie

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Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs can't see Sir Alex Ferguson retiring any time soon.

The mercurial United manager is into his 25th year at the Old Trafford helm and remains coy over his plans to retire, with there seemingly no need for the 69-year-old to step down as side currently occupy top spot in the Barclays Premier League - five points clear of the competition.

Giggs has been one of the main protagonists of the immensely successful Ferguson era, and he believes his mentor will remain in the United hotseat for 'at least another five years'.

"I really do not see him [Ferguson] finishing any time soon, he will go on, at least another five years," he told Sky TV magazine.

"His desire gets stronger. After a Champions League game we can get back at 3.30am and then a few hours later he will be the first in at the training ground.

"Earlier in the season we had a virus at the club. He got it himself and was dying during the week, really sick, but come the day of the game, he was there in the dug-out. He just loves the challenge."

However, one person who will be calling it a day at Old Trafford at the end of the season is veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

The 40-year-old has been an excellent servant for United since joining the club - playing a pivotal role in three Barclays Premier League triumphs and ending as the hero in the Red Devils' famous Champions League final victory against Chelsea.

But the Dutchman has decided to hang up his gloves in order to spend time with his family and will depart in May with the best wishes of everyone at United.

"There are a couple of things to consider – whether you still have an appetite for it, your family. You have to look at yourself also," he told the official Manchester United website.

"At the moment I am quite happy with my form and my achievements on the pitch. I just want to [leave] that on a high level. You can’t play Superman into your 40s."

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