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

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentDecember 1, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Ryan Giggs of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on October 23, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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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.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - 14 JULY 2006. Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs and Sir Bobby Charlton talk to the media during the Manchester United global kit launch at ABSA Park on July 14, 2006 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Touchline Photo/Getty Images)
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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.


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United speaks to team-mate Ryan Giggs (L) at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on October 23, 2013 in Manchester, En
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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.


MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 06:  Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United and team mate Ryan Giggs (R) pose with the Premier League and Champions League trophies prior to the Pre Season Friendly match between Manchester United and Juventus at Old Traffo
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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.


CHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United, at Chester Racecourse on May 10 2007, in Chester, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
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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.


SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 05:  Ryan Giggs and Phil Jones of Manchester United applaud the travelling Manchester United fans at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta on Novemb
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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.