Giggs at 40: Ryan Giggs' 10 Greatest Manchester United Moments

Rob Dawson@@RobDawsonMENManchester United CorrespondentNovember 29, 2013

Giggs at 40: Ryan Giggs' 10 Greatest Manchester United Moments

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    Ryan Giggs has done it all.

    Since making his Manchester United debut as a 17-year-old in 1991, he's won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups and everything else in between.

    He's United's record appearance holder with 953, amassed over 24 top-flight seasons.

    Here are 10 of Giggs' finest United moments. Feel free to use the comments section to add your own because there wasn't room for them all! 

November 29, 1987

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    After briefly training with Manchester City's academy, Ryan Wilson's Salford Schoolboys team play Manchester United's under-15s at The Cliff.

    He impresses Alex Ferguson enough for the United manager to offer the wiry left-winger schoolboy forms, which Wilson signs on his 14th birthday.

November 29, 1990

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    On his 17th birthday, having taken his mother's last name, Ryan Giggs signs his first professional contract at United.

    Still 17, Giggs makes his first-team debut after coming on as a substitute for Denis Irwin during a 2-0 defeat to Everton at Old Trafford on March 2, 1991. On his first start, against City on May 4, he scores his first senior goal.

April 2, 1992

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    Giggs sets up Brian McClair to score the winner in the Rumbelows Cup final against Nottingham Forest at Wembley. It's the first of his 21 domestic medals.

    In May, he captains Gary Neville, David Beckham and the rest of the Class of '92 to victory in the final of the FA Youth Cup against Crystal Palace. He ends the season as the PFA's Young Player of the Year—an award he would win again a year later.  

September 19, 1992

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    Still only 18, Giggs earns comparisons with George Best with a wonderful individual goal in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane. 

    He scores another spectacular goal in May, this time a free-kick, against Blackburn at Old Trafford as United celebrate their first league title for 26 years with a 3-1 win. It's the first of Giggs' 13 Premier League titles. 

October 1, 1997

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    Giggs is repeatedly linked with a £15 million move to Inter Milan in the early years of his career, and in a Champions League tie with Juventus at Old Trafford, he shows Serie A what all the fuss is about. 

    Alessandro Del Piero gives Juventus a first-minute lead before Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes score for United. Giggs' magical individual goal puts United 3-1 up, and not even Zinedine Zidane's late free-kick can stop United recording their best win to date in the Champions League era. 

April 14, 1999

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    Giggs jumps on Patrick Vieira's loose pass, leaves Lee Dixon, Martin Keown and Tony Adams in a tangled mess on the floor and rifles a shot past David Seaman to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final replay at Villa Park to keep United's treble dream alive. It's later voted goal of the season. 

    Giggs starts both the FA Cup final and Champions League final as United win the treble before he stars in the Intercontinental Cup final against Palmeiras in Japan in November, winning the Man of the Match award and a new car from sponsors Toyota. 

May 21, 2008

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    Only 10 days earlier, Giggs scores in a 2-0 win over Wigan, equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's 758 United appearances and winning his 10th Premier League title. 

    Against Chelsea in the Champions League final in Moscow, he replaces Scholes as an 87th-minute substitute to break Charlton's record.

    He then steps up to score United's sixth penalty in the shootout. After Nicolas Anelka's penalty is saved by Edwin van der Sar, Giggs collects his second Champions League winners' medal.

April 26, 2009

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    Aged 35, and 17 years after he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the first time, Giggs is named PFA Player of the Year. 

    He's named in the PFA's team of the year for the sixth time and ends the season with another Premier League title—his 11th.

    In December 2009, he's named the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

February 26, 2012

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    Making his 900th appearance for United, Giggs scores a last-minute winner against Norwich at Carrow Road in his 22nd top-flight season. 

October 2, 2013

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    Giggs comes off the bench as a 66th-minute substitute for Marouane Fellaini during a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk for his 145th Champions League appearance. 

    It's a Champions League record, overtaking former Real Madrid star Raul.