Ryan Giggs

Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs

Ryan Joseph Giggs, OBE is a Welsh footballer who plays for Manchester United. Giggs made his first appearance for the club during the 1990–91 season and has been a regular player since the 1991–92 season. He established himself as a left winger during the 1990s, and continuing in this position well into the 2000s, though he has been increasingly used in a deeper playmaking role in his latter years.
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'Wanton vandalism': why Neville and Giggs' Manchester towers are despised
Guardian (UK) - 12 months
With its flawed design and lack of affordable housing, the footballers’ St Michael’s project faces fierce opposition. But an investment-hungry council isn’t listening From their Cheshire mansions’ bathroom taps to their radiant spray-tans, it’s a running gag that footballers have a thing for bronze. But now Manchester United heroes Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs want to take their love of lustre one step further and bestow on their home city a pair of colossal bronze skyscrapers, right opposite the town hall. Related: Giggs and Neville skyscrapers 'threaten Manchester's heritage' Continue reading...
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Giggs on Swansea wish-list - Independent Online
Google News - about 1 year
Independent Online Giggs on Swansea wish-list Independent Online London - Bob Bradley accepted in his final press conference as Swansea manager on Monday evening that there would be 'discussions' about his future. What he can't have known is that they were already under way. Ryan Giggs was the bookies' favourite ... Swansea City sack American manager BradleyEyewitness News Ryan Giggs and Roy Hodgson among those in contention to replace Bob Bradley at SwanseaFox Sports Bob Bradley Is Out in England. Round Up the Usual Replacements.New York Times ITV News -Dallas News -Sports Illustrated -Daily Mail all 341 news articles »
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ManU greats to bring football cafes, hotels to Asia
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Manchester United greats Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have teamed up with a Singaporean billionaire to open football-themed cafes and hotels in Asia, a spokesperson for the tycoon said Wednesday. The two sportsmen and Peter Lim, owner of Spain's Valencia football club and Singapore-based property developer Rowsley Ltd, are looking at opening the first Cafe Football outlet in Asia in 2017, the spokesperson said.
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Mourinho unveils United coaching team
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Faithful lieutenant Rui Faria will be Jose Mourinho's assistant manager at Manchester United a role that club icon Ryan Giggs had hoped in vain to retain for the upcoming season. Faria, who has followed Mourinho from Barcelona when the 'special one' was the late Bobby Robson's interpreter in 1996 to all his subsequent clubs, is joined by others who have experience of working with the United boss. Coaches Silvino Louro, who has been with Mourinho for more than a decade having started out as his goalkeeping coach, Ricardo Formosinho and Carlos Lalin -- who also have previous experience working with the Portuguese -- and Emilio Alvarez have all been confirmed as members of the coaching staff along with analyst Giovanni Cerra.
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Ryan Giggs says 'time feels right' to leave Man United after 29 years
Fox News - over 1 year
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year association with Manchester United, leaving the coaching staff at the fallen English Premier League power at the start of Jose Mourinho's reign.
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Man United stars Neville and Giggs tell hotel squatters: stay for winter
Guardian (UK) - over 2 years
Manchester stock exchange building being renovated by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs as a boutique hotel has been occupied by homeless activists When Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs got planning permission to turn the historic Manchester stock exchange into a boutique hotel replete with basement gym, spa and rooftop private members’ terrace, they envisaged opening it up to an exclusive and moneyed clientele. Instead, a group of homeless people with little or no money have moved in – with Neville’s blessing. The hotel, which is undergoing extensive renovations before opening its doors to paying guests, was occupied on Sunday by a group of squatters and housing activists called the Manchester Angels. Instead of the usual response of property owners – rushing to court to obtain an order to get the uninvited new incumbents evicted – the famous ex-footballers who own the building have told them they can stay, not just for a few days, but throughout the coldest mon...
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Soccer-Van Gaal thinks Giggs will be next United manager
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
Louis van Gaal has said he believes Ryan Giggs will succeed him as Manchester United manager. Van Gaal, 63, is nearing the end of his first season in charge at Old Trafford and is contracted to the club until 2017. "I expect that he will be the next manager after I am gone," he told the club's MUTV channel about the future of Giggs, the Dutchman's assistant since he took over last May. "Now I have the responsibility. What he has to do, for me, he does it very well," added Van Gaal.
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Bale Shakes Off Madrid Blues With Wales
NYTimes - almost 3 years
The gifted sons of Wales are usually pushed into rugby, not soccer. Like John Charles and Ryan Giggs before him, Gareth Bale is a notable exception.
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Manchester United Transfer News: Nemanja Vidic Wants to Stay, Says Mateja Kezman
Bleacher Report - about 4 years
Initial fears over Nemanja Vidic's future as a Manchester United player have been calmed by the defender's former international teammate, Mateja Kezman. The 34-year-old spoke in response to Vidic's agent, who recently said the veteran will not be renewing his contract at Old Trafford, which is due to expire at the end of the season. Eurosport's dedicated transfer account quotes Kezman: The former Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain forward appeared on talkSPORT's Alan Brazil Breakfast Show this week, where he added his two cents to the debate: I spoke to him (Vidic) a few months ago and he said then that he was waiting to see what will happen with his contract. I would give him a new contract. It’s true he’s not the player he was a few years ago, he’s a bit injury-prone, but he’s still a leader. Man United need him in the dressing room, around the young players. He’s not unhappy. He’s been there for years and would like to stay for another season. He loves t...
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United's lows have bigger impact than highs, says Giggs
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Ryan Giggs has made collecting silverware a habit during his magnificent Manchester United career but the rare lean times have had a greater impact, according to the veteran Welshman. Champions United have begun 2014 with three consecutive defeats and according to the 40-year-old, it hurts. You have to react and you have to try to do something about it," Giggs told Sky Sports News. It is a test of character but I am fully confident we will come through it and we will be okay." United have not lost three successive matches since 2001 and new manager David Moyes finds himself under intense scrutiny, not least from former manager Alex Ferguson who was in the stands on when they lost 2-1 to bottom club Sunderland in the first leg of the Capital One (League) Cup semi-final, on Tuesday.
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Frankly, Mr Shankly, Your Quote Needs Updating - Football IS a Matter of Life and Death
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death ... it is much, much more important than that." Bill Shankly's Wildean bon mot has been wheeled out more times than Ryan Giggs has played for Manchester United. But I'm giving it another brief outing here. (You never know. Throw our surprise striker on for the last five minutes and we might just snatch one). Lots of pundits seem to delight in grabbing hold of the Anfield legend's well-worn quote to show how witty they are. Come up with your own clever-clogs catchphrase, I say! So what does it mean? To most people it's probably just a bit of footballing froth. A throwaway remark that works because it's unusually well-constructed and somehow shot through with some of the famous Liverpool manager's "hard man" glamour and his more-than-average footballing nous. (Scouse nous. Ahem). Anyway, I can never hear about football tragedies without thinking of the Shankly saying. Hillsborough, Bradford City, Heysel, the Accra Sports Stadi...
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Andy Gray & Richard Keys: EPL predictions - Week 13
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Ryan Giggs celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday but remains a key part of Manchester United’s squad and is expected to lead the team out against Spurs tomorrow. Andy Gray: Giggs is a phenomenon and it’s a measure of how he has looked after himself, with his diet, his fitness, and his desire to keep going. He may be fading as a player but he is still key to the future of Man United because he is the one who can teach and inspire the new players coming into the club. Some might say that staying at Manchester United all his career and not playing in Spain or Italy leaves a gap of his cv.
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Những con số khó quên trong sự nghiệp thi đấu của Giggs
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Nhân kỷ niệm sinh nhật lần thứ 40 của Ryan Giggs, cùng điểm lại những cột mốc đáng nhớ nhất trong sự nghiệp thi đấu của lão tướng này qua những con số.
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Soccer: Giggs reaches 40 and still going strong
Reuters.com - about 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Ryan Giggs was the first graduate of the so-called 'Class of '92' to make his mark at Manchester United and on the day he turned 40 he was preparing for the weekend the same way he has for most of his life.
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  • 2016
    Age 42
    Giggs was suggested by many – including Louis van Gaal – as the Dutchman's potential successor at Manchester United. However, following the appointment of Portuguese coach José Mourinho, Giggs announced his departure from the club on 2 July 2016.
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  • 2014
    Age 40
    In 2014, it was announced that Giggs, along with fellow Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville, had agreed a deal to purchase Salford City ahead of the 2014–15 season. with plans to get the club to the Football League.
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    After Giggs became interim manager of Manchester United in 2014, his father told British tabloid The Sun that "I don't see how the players can trust him after what he did to his brother," referring to Giggs allegedly having a long-term affair with and impregnating his brother Rhodri's wife, Natasha Giggs.
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    Giggs announced his retirement from professional football on 19 May 2014 in an open letter to all Manchester United fans posted on the club website.
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    He was named as assistant manager under Moyes' permanent replacement, Louis van Gaal, on 19 May 2014; he retired from playing the same day.
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    When Louis van Gaal was announced as Moyes' permanent replacement on 19 May 2014, Giggs was also appointed as Van Gaal's assistant manager.
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    When Moyes was sacked on 22 April 2014, after less than 10 months in the job, Giggs took over as the club's interim player-manager, compiling a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat in the final four games of the 2013–14 season.
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    Giggs became interim player-manager when Moyes was sacked in April 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 39
    He signed a new one-year contract with Manchester United on 1 March 2013, keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2014.
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  • 2012
    Age 38
    On 28 June 2012, Giggs was confirmed as one of the three over-age players selected for Great Britain to compete at 2012 Summer Olympics alongside Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards, and he was subsequently named the team captain.
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    Giggs scored his first Premier League goal of the 2012–13 season against Everton on 10 February 2013 in a 2–0 home win, extending his goalscoring sequence to 23 consecutive seasons in the highest division including all 21 Premier League seasons.
    On 19 October 2012, Giggs (just over a month short of his 39th birthday) told The Daily Telegraph that he would like to move into management when he retires as a player.
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    On 26 February 2012, Giggs made his 900th appearance for Manchester United, in a 2–1 away win against Norwich City.
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    On 10 February 2012, Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United.
  • 2011
    Age 37
    On 23 May 2011, the gagging order set off a political controversy, with Prime Minister David Cameron commenting that the law should be reviewed to "catch up with how people consume media today."
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    Giggs made his first start of the 2011–12 season in the UEFA Champions League away at Benfica.
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    Giggs also played in the 2011 Champions League final, where Manchester United were defeated 3–1 by Barcelona.
    On 6 March 2011, Giggs surpassed the Manchester United league appearance record of Bobby Charlton by playing his 607th game against Liverpool.
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    On 17 January 2011, Giggs reached 600 league appearances (all for Manchester United), as he played in their goalless draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
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  • 2010
    Age 36
    On 16 August 2010, Giggs kept up his record of scoring in every Premier League season since its inception as he netted United's third in their 3–0 home victory over Newcastle United in their opening fixture of the new campaign.
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    On 24 April 2010, Giggs scored the first ever league penalties of his career, netting two penalties in a 3–1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur.
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  • 2009
    Age 35
    On 31 December 2009, Giggs was named the Manchester United Player of the Decade.
    On 18 December 2009, Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with United, keeping him at the club until June 2011, taking him past the 20th anniversary of his first professional contract and that of his first-team debut – a rare occurrence of a player reaching the 20-year mark with the same club and with unbroken service.
    On 12 December 2009, Giggs' surpassed countryman Gary Speed's outfield record of 535 Premier League games.
    On the same day, Giggs was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009, which he subsequently won.
    On 30 November 2009, the day after his 36th birthday, it was reported that Giggs would be offered an additional one-year contract which would run until the end of the 2010–11 season and see him past the 20th anniversary of his first game and first goal for United.
    On 28 November 2009, the eve of his 36th birthday, Giggs scored his 100th Premier League goal – all for Manchester United – scoring the final goal in a 4–1 victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park, and becoming only the 17th player to reach the milestone in the Premier League.
    On 12 September 2009, Giggs made his 700th start for United.
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    On 16 May 2009, Manchester United won the Premier League after a 0–0 draw against Arsenal, both United's and Giggs' 11th Premier League titles.
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    Giggs made his 800th appearance for Manchester United on 29 April 2009, in the 1–0 semi-final win over Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League.
    On 26 April 2009, Giggs received the award, despite having started just 12 games throughout the 2008–09 season (at the time of receiving the trophy).
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    Following speculation earlier in the year, in February 2009, Giggs signed a one-year extension to his current contract – which was due to expire in June 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 34
    At the start of Manchester United's 2008–09 campaign, Sir Alex Ferguson began placing Giggs at central midfield, behind the forwards, instead of his favoured wing position.
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    Ten days later, on 21 May 2008, Giggs broke Bobby Charlton's appearance record for United when coming on as an 87th-minute substitute for Paul Scholes in the Champions League Final against Chelsea.
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    More landmarks have been achieved: on 20 February 2008 he made his 100th appearance in the UEFA Champions League in a game against Lyon and on 11 May 2008, he came on as a substitute for Park Ji-sung to equal Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 758 appearances for United.
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  • 2007
    Age 33
    Giggs married his long-time partner, Stacey Cooke, in a private ceremony on 7 September 2007.
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    Giggs scored his 100th league goal for United against Derby County on 8 December 2007, which United won 4–1.
    In the 2007–08 season, Alex Ferguson adopted a rotation system between Giggs and newcomers Nani and Anderson.
    Giggs played a starring role in United's 2007 FA Community Shield victory after netting in the first half to bring the game to a 1–1 draw, which led to penalty triumph for the Red Devils after 'keeper Edwin van der Sar saved all of Chelsea's first three penalties; the goal was Giggs' first professional goal at Wembley Stadium.
    In the 2007 FA Cup Final, Giggs had a goal ruled out in the 14th minute of extra time after referee Steve Bennett deemed him to have fouled goalkeeper Petr Čech in forcing the ball across the line.
    On 6 May 2007, with Chelsea only able to manage a 1–1 draw with London rivals Arsenal, Manchester United became the champions of England.
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    In February 2007, Giggs scored the final three goals of his season.
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    In addition to the many honours Giggs has received within football, he was appointed an OBE in the Queen's 2007 Birthday Honours List for his services to football.
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    He was elected into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007, the Premier League Team of the Decade in 2003, as well as the FA Cup Team of the Century.
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  • 2006
    Age 32
    Giggs scored his first goal of the 2006–07 season in a 2–1 victory over Watford on 26 August 2006, with his goal proving to be the winner.
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  • 2005
    Age 31
    In 2005, Giggs's form had improved and was no longer suffering with the hamstring injuries which had plagued his career, which he attributed to taking up yoga.
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    He was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his contribution to the English game.
  • 2004
    Age 30
    His participation in the victory over Liverpool in September 2004 made him the third player to play 600 games for United, alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes.
    He played in his fourth FA Cup triumph on 22 May 2004, making him one of only two players (the other being Roy Keane) to have won the trophy four times while playing for Manchester United.
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  • 2003
    Age 29
    Giggs features in EA Sports' FIFA video game series, and was selected to appear on the cover of FIFA Football 2003 alongside Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids, and Brazilian international fullback Roberto Carlos.
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    In 2003, Giggs was reportedly close to joining Italian club Internazionale in a swap deal with Adriano, but quashed the rumours by saying he was happy at United.
    However, a week later, on 25 February 2003, Giggs played one of his most memorable games, in a 3–0 victory against Juventus.
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  • 2002
    Age 28
    The 2002–03 season was one to forget for Giggs.
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    A year later, on 23 August 2002, he bagged his 100th career goal in a draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
  • 2001
    Age 27
    Giggs celebrated his 10-year anniversary at Old Trafford with a testimonial match against Celtic at the start of the 2001–02 campaign, losing 4–3 in a game featuring a cameo by Eric Cantona.
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    In April 2001, he signed a new five-year contract.
  • 1999
    Age 25
    Giggs continued to excel in the four years that followed the Treble triumph of 1999.
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  • 1998
    Age 24
    The highpoint in the 1998–99 season was when Giggs set up the equalising goal scored by Teddy Sheringham in the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final that set United on their way to the Treble.
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  • 1996
    Age 22
    Giggs was also in the side for United's FA Cup final win over Liverpool on 11 May 1996, though Eric Cantona scored the only goal of the game.
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  • 1995
    Age 21
    In 1995–96 Giggs returned to full form and played a vital part in United's unique second double, with his goal against Everton at Goodison Park on 9 September 1995 being shortlisted for the "goal of the season" award, though it was eventually beaten by a goal by Manchester City's Georgi Kinkladze.
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  • 1994
    Age 20
    On a more positive side in the 1994–95 season, Giggs did get on the scoresheet twice in the opening Champions League game against IFK Göteborg (a 4–2 win, although United ultimately failed to progress to the quarter-finals) and also managed a goal in the FA Cup fourth around victory over Wrexham, meaning that he had managed four goals in all competitions that season.
    1994–95 saw Giggs restricted through injury to 29 Premier League games and only 1 goal.
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  • 1993
    Age 19
    Giggs proved to be a scorer of great goals, with many of them being shortlisted for various Goal of the Season awards. Widely regarded as among his best were those against Queens Park Rangers in 1993, Tottenham in 1994, Everton in 1995, Coventry in 1996, and his solo effort against Arsenal in the replay of the 1999 FA Cup semi-final.
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    At the end of the 1993–94 season, Giggs won a second title in a row, and became the first player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards, a feat equalled by Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney.
    His emergence and the arrival of Eric Cantona heralded the dominance of United in the Premier League. Ferguson was protective of him, refusing to allow Giggs to be interviewed until he turned 20, eventually granting the first interview to the BBC's Des Lynam for Match of the Day in the 1993–94 season.
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  • 1992
    Age 18
    By the start of the 1992–93 season, the first season of the newly formed Premier League, Giggs had ousted Sharpe to become United's first-choice left winger.
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    Giggs collected his first piece of silverware on 12 April 1992 as United defeated Nottingham Forest in the League Cup Final, after Giggs had set up Brian McClair to score the only goal of the game.
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  • 1991
    Age 17
    After his international debut in 1991 against Germany, Giggs missed 18 consecutive friendly games before finally making his first friendly appearance for Wales against Finland in March 2000, by which time he had already accrued 25 caps.
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    Giggs made his international debut away to Germany in October 1991, coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Eric Young at the age of to become the youngest player to appear for the Welsh senior team; he held this record until June 1998, when Ryan Green appeared against Malta at the age of.
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    In May 1991, Giggs made his debut for the Wales Under-21s, a 2–1 victory over Poland in Warsaw.
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    Giggs became a first-team regular early in the 1991–92 season, yet remained active with the youth system and captained the team, made up of many of "Fergie's Fledglings," to an FA Youth Cup triumph in 1992.
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    In his first full start, Giggs was credited with his first ever goal in a 1–0 win in the Manchester derby on 4 May 1991, though it appeared to be a Colin Hendry own goal.
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    Giggs made his League debut against Everton at Old Trafford on 2 March 1991, as a substitute for the injured full-back Denis Irwin in a 2–0 defeat.
    He made his professional debut for the club in 1991 and spent the next 23 years in the Manchester United first team.
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  • 1990
    Age 16
    Giggs was offered his first professional contract on 29 November 1990 (his 17th birthday).
  • 1989
    Age 15
    Ferguson's quest for a successful left winger had not been an easy one since the departure of Jesper Olsen two years earlier; he had initially signed Ralph Milne, but the player was not a success at United and lasted just one season in the first team before Ferguson secured the Southampton winger Danny Wallace in September 1989.
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    Using the name Ryan Wilson, Giggs captained England at schoolboy level, playing at Wembley Stadium against Germany in 1989.
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  • 1987
    Age 13
    On 29 November 1987 (his 14th birthday), Ferguson turned up at Giggs's house with United scout Joe Brown and offered him two years on associate schoolboy forms.
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    The son of rugby league player Danny Wilson, Giggs was born in Cardiff but moved to Manchester at the age of six when his father joined Swinton RLFC. Predominantly a left winger, he began his career with Manchester City, but joined Manchester United on his 14th birthday in 1987.
  • 1986
    Age 12
    While playing for Deans, Giggs was observed regularly by local newsagent and Old Trafford steward Harold Wood. Wood spoke personally to Alex Ferguson who sent a scout, and Giggs was eventually offered a trial over the 1986 Christmas period.
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  • 1980
    Age 6
    He spent much time with his mother's parents and playing football and rugby league on the roads outside their house in Pentrebane. In 1980, when Giggs was six years old, his father switched rugby codes and signed for Swinton RLFC, forcing the whole family to move north to Swinton, a town in Salford, Greater Manchester.
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  • 1973
    Born on November 29, 1973.
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