Giggs at 40: Ryan Giggs' Manchester United Facts and Figures

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Giggs at 40: Ryan Giggs' Manchester United Facts and Figures
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Ryan Giggs has won almost everything there is to win while breaking almost every record there is.

Since making his Manchester United debut as a 17-year-old in 1991, he's become the most decorated British footballer and United's record appearance holder.

Some of the statistics he's accumulated over the past 22 seasons almost defy belief, and he's got no plans to retire just yet.

Here are five of the most impressive facts about the 40-year-old United winger.

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Giggs' appearance against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday was his 953rd in a United shirt, further extending his own record. He passed Sir Bobby Charlton's mark of 758 in the 2008 Champions League final and has gone on to play in another 195 games.

Of the current players, Rio Ferdinand is closest to Giggs' record on 443 games, a huge 510 behind. If Giggs continues to play around 30 games a season, he would make his 1,000th United appearance midway through next season.

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Giggs is seventh on United's list of goalscorers on 168 behind Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, Jack Rowley, Wayne Rooney, George Best and Dennis Viollet.

He's scored in all of the 21 previous Premier League seasons since its inception in 1992. He recorded his highest goal return in the 1993-94 season, scoring 13 Premier League goals and 17 in all competitions. 

His first United goal, against Manchester City in May 1991, might not even be his after it took a deflection off Colin Hendry.

He's scored more goals against Tottenham than against any other team.

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Giggs has been part of 13 of United's 20 championship-winning teams since winning his first in 1993. His 13 winners' medals is the same as Arsenal (13) and more than Everton (9), Aston Villa (7), Chelsea (4) and Manchester City (3). His has four FA Cup winners' medals, which is more than both West Ham and Leeds.

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Impact as a Substitute

Giggs is the most used substitute in United's history, coming off the bench 159 times—nine more than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer—scoring 10 goals. He's been used as a substitute in the Premier League 108 times, that's more Premier League games than Hull (88) and Swansea (76) have played in their history.

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Giggs made his United debut as a 17-year-old against Everton in March 1991, before three members of the current squad were born—Phil Jones, Wilfried Zaha and Adnan Januzaj. He's four years older than Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas and eight years older than Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson, the youngest boss in the football league.

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