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RIO FERDINAND has admitted he is lost in admiration for Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs.
After his outstanding contribution to Saturday’s 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford, Giggs knows his next United appearance will be his 900th.
It is an amazing effort from the 38-year-old, who has just been rewarded with a one-year contract extension that will take his stellar career into a staggering 22nd season.
And the most surprising thing is that Giggs remains one of the fittest players at United.
There was a point in the veteran Welshman’s career when it seemed he would be badly affected by hamstring problems – but Giggs found the solution with regular yoga sessions.
The Liverpool game was his 23rd appearance of the season.
And while it is highly likely that Giggs will not play a significant role in the two-legged Europa League clash with Ajax, by the time United resume their Premier League title quest at Norwich on February 26 he is certain to be a major influence once more.
Centre-half Ferdinand said: “Ryan has been blessed with a tremendous physique.
“He is not carrying any weight, he’s not had any serious injuries and he manages himself really well.
“To have that many appearances at one club is phenomenal. Words just
EURO GIANTS: Ferdinand and Giggs celebrate winning the Champions League in 2008