|CAN RYAN GIGGS OUTLAST SIR ALEX AT MANCHESTER UNITED?
Paddy Power: 1 March 2013
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Today Ryan Giggs signed a contract extension with Manchester United that should effectively see him play through to June 2014 and past his 40th birthday, but how long will he actually go on for? Bookmaker Paddy Power have odds of 2/9 that Giggs will retire in the 2013/2014 season but also odds of 11/4 that he'll one better and retire in the 2014/2015 season.
Giggs is set to play his 1000th professional game, either against Norwich this weekend or against Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday. Given his phenomenal stamina Paddy Power are also giving odds on whether he will outlast Sir Alex. Giggs is odds of 2/9 to retire before Ferguson whereas Ferguson has odds of 11/4 to retire before Giggs. Giggs is also odds on to retire before his old team mate David Beckham – Giggs has odds of 1/3 to retire first whereas Beckham has odds of 2/1 to retire first.
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With the new contract Giggs will go into his 23rd season with Manchester United and its clear Sir Alex still thinks he has an important role to play. Paddy Power are giving odds of 5/6 that he'll play over 12.5 games next season and odds of 5/6 that he'll score over 2.5 goals. When he does finally hang up his boots a career in management beckons and he is currently 25/1 to be the next permanent manager of Manchester United!
Paddy Power said: "Ryan's stamina on and off the pitch is quite incredible. We're not sure he'll get to the half century, set by the legendary Sir Stanley Matthews, and truth be told we can't seem him outlasting Sir Alex, but 23 years as a Red Devil is an impressive landmark for Giggsy."
What season will he retire in?
20/1 Before start of 2013/2014 season
2/9 2013/2014 season
11/4 2014/2015 season
Who will retire first?
Who will retire first?
How many games will he start in season 2013/2014?
5/6 Over 12.5
5/6 Under 12.5
Total goals in season 2013/2014?
5/6 Over 2.5 goals
5/6 Under 2.5 goals
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