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29th Nov 2014

Ten of the best from birthday boy Ryan Giggs

Happy Birthday Giggsy

Darragh Murphy

Happy Birthday to the United legend who turns 41 today!

Here are ten instances of the hairy-chested Welshman doing what he does best for Manchester United.

1. v Southampton (1995)

It took Giggsy just 16 seconds to punish the Saints after finishing off a scintillating counter-attack.


2. v West Ham (1991)

Before the Premier League was the Premier League, Ryan Giggs was still hammering home sumptuous volleys like this.


3. v Spurs (1992) 

The quick feet of the current United assistant manager were on show for all to see with this silky solo goal against Tottenham 22 years ago.


4. v West Ham (2009)

Ryan Giggs wasn’t just deadly with his left peg, he had the ability to come inside on his right foot and guide this effort past Rob Green in 2009.


5. v Bolton (2003)

Giggs had some serious competition when it came to free kicks, playing alongside two of the best of all time in David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, but when he had the chance with a dead ball, he could perform heroics like this.


6.  v Leeds (2011)

Against one of United’s fiercest rivals, the Welshman fired this shot past the Leeds goalkeeper with the outside of his left boot.


7. v Liverpool (1994)

A deft chip from Giggs came against no better side.


8. v QPR (1994)

This goal epitomises the best that Ryan Giggs has to offer – elusive movement, sticky touch and a cool, simple finish.


9.  v Juventus (2003)

Having come on as a substitute, this was Giggs’ second goal of the game with this effort that showed that Juventus’ defenders and goalkeeper couldn’t deal with. He may as well have been the only man on the pitch with this run.

10. v Arsenal (1999)

Was there ever any doubt that this, one of the greatest goals of all time, would make the list? Ryan Giggs single-handedly dragged United’s treble ambitions back from the grave in extra time of the FA Cup Semi-Final replay with this dazzling run that left three Arsenal legends, Patrick Vieira, Martin Keown and Lee Dixon, in his wake.

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