Ryan Giggs: 'I try to develop my game every season'

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Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs claims that he is still playing in his late 30s because he has added facets to his game with every passing season.

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has said that he tries to "develop" his game with every passing season.

The 39-year-old will make his 1,000th senior appearance on Tuesday when the Red Devils host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

"I've tried to develop my game every season, and I am still trying," he told UEFA.com. "I've moved on from relying on my pace – relying on beating defenders, trying to unbalance them – to playing in other positions.

"I'm equally comfortable in midfield or on the left. I've got the experience of playing left wing, and now I try to take up a position and produce passes to trouble a defender rather than going past him. Being effective on the pitch is what it's all about."

The first leg of the tie finished in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid last month.

Ryan Giggs celebrates a goal for United against QPR on February 23, 2013
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