Giggs - Fergie will keep going

Ryan Giggs has spoken of his belief that Sir Alex Ferguson could carry on for another five years as manager of Manchester United.

The Scot is remarkably in his 25th year in charge of the Red Devils, with a list of honours so grand, his legacy will be difficult to top by any manager in the distant future.

United legend Giggs has been a mainstay in the first team for the last 20 years of Ferguson's reign, becoming the club's record appearance holder and still proving to be a vital part of the team's quest for glory this season.

Giggs insisted that Ferguson was not finished yet, however, and backed the 69-year-old to continue managing well into his 70s and reach 30 years at Old Trafford.

"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."

Giggs is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ferguson to become a manager one day and was previously linked with the vacant Wales position before Gary Speed took the vacancy.

He added: "I want to remain in football so I can continue to do something I have done since school. If I have a day off I am bored.

"I hope I can be a good manager, I like helping players and improving them. But the life expectancy of a manager is just 18 months, so you do not get long."