Unsurpisingly, Ryan Giggs rates this goal against Arsenal in an FA Cup semi-final replay as the best he has ever scored.
When he received a stray pass from Patrick Vieira, the score was 1-1 in the second half of extra time at Villa Park, and down to 10 men after Roy Keane’s sending off, an exhausted United were hanging on for penalties.
“When I got the ball I didn’t realise I was in my own half," Giggs has said. "At the time, I thought I was about 35 yards out. It was all instinct. There was no one in front of me, so I just put my head down and went towards goal. There was no way I was going to pass it.”
“I skipped past a challenge from Vieira, then Dixon and Vieira again. I was then in between Dixon and Keown, who didn’t want to tackle me as I was near the area. I got past them to give me a shot at David Seaman, and I thought of just hitting it as hard as I could.”
All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.