Ryan Giggs, truly a United legend

If there were any one who could be called a legend, it would definitely be Ryan Giggs...after so many years of amazing display of football and continuously scoring a goal in each of the Premier League season, Giggs will continue to be the most decorated player in the history of English football and he will continue past his 40s. 

We all know the Welshman will be most likely step out for his 1000th game this weekend, but there had already been a testimonial game for Giggs back in 2001. While testimonials are usually used to mark the end of a player’s career, 2001 saw Giggs honoured for a decade of service after making his debut for the club on March 2, 1991.

Giggs has always been one of the most talented player for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. While there were others like David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Gary Neville and many others, few can be compared with Ryan Giggs. Such was his talent that former Manchester United youth team coach Eric Harrison says he did not have to do much to turn Ryan Giggs into a world-class player for the club as he showed ''genius'' from an early age.

"We watched him playing schoolboy football for Salford Boys at Old Trafford. He would have been about 15,'' he said at the FA Community Awards. "It was unbelievable. He was a genius."

"It is very rare you can identify someone at that age who you just knew was going to make it. He was one. He simply took my breath away. He had such pace and balance it was astonishing.''

Sir Alex Ferguson, who famously described Giggs as being like a "cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind,'' may have given him the guidance he needed to succeed, but Harrison also believes that Giggs benefited from grassroots coaching.

Some of the memorable moment for Giggs:

His debut game in March 1991.

In 19 September 1992, against Tottenham...

A sight that was to be repeated many times over the the next two decades as an 18-year-old Giggs produced a classy finish against Tottenham. A defensive error allowed him to seize possession 30 yards out, before he got the better of a Spurs defender, rounded goalkeeper Ian Walker and fired home from an acute angle.

Queens Park Rangers 2-3 Manchester United - 5 February 1994

A stunning strike by Giggs as he whipped the ball away from Ray Wilkins and raced towards goal before smashing a left-foot shot past Czech goalkeeper Jan Stejskal.

In 1999, against Arsenal...(Arsenal 1 - 2 Manchester United)

Every footballer has a moment that took our breath away for the rest of their career, and Giggs did it in an astonishing manner....A truly memorable goal as Giggs took a leaf out of Diego Maradona's book by taking on the entire Arsenal defence. (bear in mind that Arsenal defence was one of the highest level at that time) His skill and courage were rewarded as he beat four Arsenal defenders and smashed the ball past a helpless David Seaman to send United to Wembley.

Of course, there are still many more that we can talk about when it comes to Ryan Giggs...a truly United legend....I am just happy that Giggs pens a new deal, all set for the 24th season...playing past the age of 40. 

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