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The 39-year-old has seen his workload reduced this season, playing in just 15 games in all competitions and admits to finding it harder to prepare

Manchester United veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs is happy with his new reduced workload at the club.

The 39-year-old has made just 15 appearances in all competitions this season as Sir Alex Ferguson has looked to manage the Welshman’s contribution in order to keep him fresh.

Giggs admits it has become harder for him to prepare for games now than it was a few years ago but he is happy to play whatever role the Scot has for him.

"It can be difficult," Giggs told the club’s official website. "It's just a case of looking after your fitness and making sure you're sharp and not peaking in the middle of the week when you need to be ready for a Saturday game.

"It is tough when you get yourself ready for a Wednesday game, don't play and then you have to get yourself ready for a Saturday game.

"But a lot of players are in that position. We have a big squad and you're not going to play every game.

"Together with Paul Scholes, I probably play fewer matches than a lot of the players but we know we have to be ready when we're called upon.

"My role has changed over the last five or six years. I'm an experienced player and an elder statesman. It's a position I'm quite comfortable with.

"I am helping the young players and whilst I am not starting as many games but it's about being ready when I do."

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