Were we watching the last home performance of a United great? There was a sense we might have been.
In any case, the fan reaction to Giggs was surely with that in mind.
Giggs' speech afterwards was also the stuff of heroes—a bold call-to-arms for United fans and a statement of intent for what's to come.
Will Giggs be involved next season? Off the pitch, it seems likely. On it, we can't be sure.