The Bottom Corner : How Do You Find Another Ryan Giggs?

Salaar ShamsiSenior Writer INovember 6, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30:   Ryan Giggs of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United and VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on September 30, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Bottom Corner . A new series launched by Bleacher Report's 'Featured Columnist', Salaar Shamsi


Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs will celebrate his 36th birthday on the 29th of November. Despite being one of the oldest players on the pitch, Giggs is still arguably Manchester United’s most influential player.

The ex-Wales captain was part of Manchester City's 'School of Excellence' and nearly signed for United's bitter rivals before being snapped up by Sir Alex Ferguson when he turned 14.

Giggs is officially recognized as the most decorated player in the history of English Football with eleven Premier League title medals.

He made his first league appearance for the Red Devils in 2-0 defeat to Everton at Old Trafford back in March 1991 and hasn't looked back since.

A couple of months later, he became an Old Trafford hero for scoring in a 1-0 victory against city rivals, Manchester City.

Giggs has proven himself as a great goalscorer. To date he is the only player to have scored in every single season of the English Premier League.

Arguably, his greatest ever goal was a solo effort in United's FA Cup semifinal replay against Arsenal in 1999. The goal will live long in the memory of all Manchester United supporters.

Giggs' career accolades also boast two UEFA Champions League winning medals, four FA Cup winning medals and three Carling Cup winning medals.

When United supporters talk about replacing somebody like Cristiano Ronaldo or Carlos Tevez, maybe they should be more concerned with how they would replace Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes, who are quite literally what Manchester United is all about.

They are Red Devils, through and through.

A prominent part of United's treble winning class of 1999, Giggs played a vital role when United regained European supremacy in the 07-08 season.

He is a true Old Trafford legend, and United will have a real headache when they set out to replace him. Needless to say, Nani, Tosic, or whoever is drafted in will have some pretty big boots to fill.

Giggs, who was awarded the PFA Player of the Year Award last season, is a doubt for United's crucial trip to Chelsea on Sunday, but United will need him to be fit and firing if they are to get anything from the tie at Stamford Bridge.

Ryan Giggs, we salute you! 

That's it from The Bottom Corner , here's Salaar Shamsi signing off, until next time, it's goodbye.