Ryan Giggs – 20 Years At Manchester United

20 years to the day Ryan Giggs made his debut for Manchester United. It was against Everton on March 2nd 1991 and although Giggs didn’t make the best of impressions he went on to become one of United’s greatest players of all-time. He kept his place in the team and consistent performances earned him a stay in the first team and from then on we saw the evolution of a great. Here, I have compiled Ryan Giggs’s top 5 moments as a United player so sit back and enjoy the show.

5. The BBC’s compilation of Giggsy for his 2009 BBC SPOTY Award was goose-pimple inducing. I as a young boy, became mesmerised by Ryan’s wonderful skill on the ball and his pace was equally just as good. He was as good as a winger got those days. A role model for all.

4. Giggs’ goal vs Queens Park Rangers 1994. It was a sign of things to come from the Welshman. After the QPR defender Dean Austin had slipped Ryan Giggs took full control and raced past him before sliding the ball through Jason Cundy’s legs and to top it all off, rounded the keeper Ian Walker and then rolled the ball into an empty net. Let’s remember at the time he was only 18.

3. The Goal that should’ve been vs Arsenal at Old Trafford in 2003. A long ball by Golden balls inadvertently made its way through to Giggs after a slip by Martin Keown, who then rounded David Seaman and Sol Campbell and with an open goal lurking Giggs somehow, miraculously managed to spurn the chance and lift the shot over the bar. He was in fact human.

2. Giggs vs Chelsea 2005. Sublime. Absoultely sublime from the Welshman. Fellow United veteran Gary Neville had spotted Giggs’ run down the right and lofted the ball over the defence for the onrushing Giggs. In return, Giggs delivered a moment of sheer genius as he effortlesssly glided the ball over the astounded Petr Cech, giving United a much needed victory.

1. THAT goal vs Arsenal FA Cup 1999. Having started on the bench Giggs was thorwn on to the pitch by gaffer Sir Alex Fergsuon and my oh my how he repayed him. With the clubs having drawn 1-1 through full-time, extra time had been allocated with the two teams rapidly tiring. Inside extra-time Giggs had picked up a loose ball by an Arsenal player and quickly slalomed past Lee Dixon and Martin Keown before unleashing an unstoppable strike that beat David Seaman and assured himself a place in the heart of the United faithful.



About Dylan O'Neill

Football mad Irish 20-year-old. Living in Dublin so I've had a keen interest in League of Ireland for the last 2-3 years and used to write about it on offtheupright.blogspot.com, focusing mainly on UCD's limited fortunes as well as the Irish national team. I started to merge this interest with gambling two years ago to moderate success so have continued to do so since! View all posts by Dylan O'Neill

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