Wednesday 11 December 2019

Ryan Giggs' most memorable Manchester United moments

Ryan Giggs of Manchester United looks on as he faces the media during a press conference today
Ryan Giggs of Manchester United looks on as he faces the media during a press conference today

Here are some of Giggs' most memorable moments.

May 4, 1991 - Manchester United 1 Manchester City 0

Giggs' first ever United goal has more than an element of doubt about it. The Welshman is not sure he got a touch on the ball before City defender Colin Hendry did. Look at the record books, however, and it says the then teenager settled this derby on his full United debut.


September 19, 1992 - Tottenham 1 Manchester United 1

The first sighting of Giggs' mazy dribbling skills. He galloped past Jason Cundy and Dean Austin, then took the ball wide of goalkeeper Ian Walker before finding the net from the tightest of angles.


November 17, 1993 - Wales 1 Romania 2

The nearest Giggs came to reaching a major tournament with Wales. Needing a win to qualify, Paul Bodin missed a penalty to put them in front and Giggs ultimately missed out.


February 5, 1994 - QPR 2 Manchester United 3

Another from the scrapbook of great goals. After whipping the ball away from Ray Wilkins, Giggs embarked on a forward charge the QPR defence was unable to resist before firing left-footed past Jan Stejskal.


April 14, 1999 - Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2

The goal that defined Giggs' career. Down to 10 men following Roy Keane's dismissal and kept in the match only by a late Peter Schmeichel penalty save, United earn their place in the FA Cup final after Giggs seized on a loose ball inside his own half and roared forward. Lee Dixon was the last man beaten before Giggs' shot flies past a startled David Seaman.


February 25, 2003 - Juventus 0 Manchester United 3

After bearing the brunt of intense criticism earlier in the season, Giggs provided a reminder of his class on one of United's great European nights. The pick of his two goals was a right-footed effort beyond a helpless Gianluigi Buffon.


September 20, 2009 - Manchester United 4 Manchester City 3

By now less reliant on pace and more on ice-cold instinct. In the sixth minute of injury time in a frenetic derby, Giggs could have done anything when presented with the ball on the edge of the box. He made the right choice - providing Michael Owen with a perfectly weighted pass for the striker to claim the winner.


April 26, 2011 - Schalke 0 Manchester United 2

United were finding it difficult to turn their superiority into goals in this Champions League semi-final. Giggs managed it midway through the second half to set up victory.


August 4, 2012 - Great Britain 1 South Korea 1 (South Korea won 5-4 on penalties)

The night when Giggs tasted a rare moment of penalty shoot-out agony. Aaron Ramsey missed a spot-kick that would have put Team GB ahead and Daniel Sturridge missed one in a shoot-out as Giggs bowed out at the quarter-final stage in his only international tournament.


February 23, 2013 - QPR 0 Manchester United 2

Destined to be overshadowed by Rafael's blockbuster, Giggs set the seal on another victory when he calmly beat Julio Cesar on United's unstoppable march to a 20th title.


March 5, 2013 - Manchester United 1 Real Madrid 2

Makes his 1,000th senior competitive appearance on what turned out to be a bittersweet evening at Old Trafford as United controversially crashed out of Champions League against Real Madrid. The second leg was marred for United by a harsh red card for Nani, with a Cristiano Ronaldo strike going on to send Jose Mourinho's side into the quarter-finals.

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