Friday 28 April 2017

This Ryan Giggs story about an altercation with a Liverpool fan shows how much he was hated at Anfield

Ryan Giggs scores at Anfield
Ryan Giggs scores at Anfield

It's a rivalry that goes back generations, one that is embedded in the blood of Liverpool and Manchester United fans.

In 2006, Liverpool fans were condemned for attacking an ambulance that was bringing the injured Alan Smith to hospital and last year both clubs were charged for singing vile songs at both Anfield and Old Trafford when the teams clashed.

In today's column for the Telegraph, Ryan Giggs tells a story of his own altercation outside Anfield.

"It is no secret that in April 1992, when we lost the penultimate game of that season at Anfield, and the league title, I walked out to the coach afterwards and was asked for my autograph by a Liverpool fan," writes Giggs.

"He ripped it up in front of me and told me United would never win the league. I was 18 at the time. I hope he kept the pieces. That story has been told so many times those scraps of paper would probably be worth something.

However, Giggs admitted that although he will never be the most popular figure at Anfield, he was treated well there in the new-look arena when he was on the Sky panel for their recent drab 0-0 draw.

"I went back to Anfield as a pundit on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football this month when United played.

"For obvious reasons it is not a stadium I spent a lot of my free time visiting and for the first time I saw the new main stand, which was impressive. It seems like, after all these years, they are pushing the commercial side in the same way as United have done for decades.

"I know that I am never going to be the most popular person at Anfield but I was treated with great courtesy and respect by the staff, regardless of club allegiance, and that is to Liverpool's credit. I heard it was reported that Gary Neville and I got some stick when we drove into the car park but I can assure you I have seen much worse. Anyway, I am sure most of it was directed at Gary, not me."

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