9 moments Ryan Giggs made you wish you were as good as him at football


Ryan Giggs is leaving Manchester United after 29 years at the club.

During that time the 42-year-old Welshman won a mammoth 34 trophies as a player, and last season's FA Cup as assistant coach. Trying to narrow down his best individual moments to just nine is a pretty tough task... but we've had a go anyway.

1. May 4, 1991 - Manchester United 1 Manchester City 0

Ryan Giggs
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Giggs's first United goal came on his full debut and settled a derby. There was an element of doubt about it, with uncertainty over whether the then 17-year-old got a touch before defender Colin Hendry did, but it went down in the record books.

2. September 19, 1992 - Tottenham 1 Manchester United 1

One of the first sightings of Giggs's mazy dribbling skills. He galloped past Jason Cundy and Dean Austin, then took the ball wide of goalkeeper Ian Walker before finding the net from the tightest of angles.

3. February 5, 1994 - QPR 2 Manchester United 3

David Bardsley and Ryan Giggs
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Another from the scrapbook of great goals. After whipping the ball away from Ray Wilkins, Giggs embarked on a forward charge the QPR defence was unable to resist before firing left-footed past Jan Stejskal.

4. April 14, 1999 - Arsenal 1 Manchester United 2

Giggs's most famous goal. Down to 10 men following Roy Keane's dismissal and kept in the match only by a late Peter Schmeichel penalty save, United claimed their place in the FA Cup final after Giggs seized on a loose ball inside his own half and roared forward. Lee Dixon was the last man beaten before Giggs's shot flew past a startled David Seaman, prompting bare-chested celebrations.

5. February 25, 2003 - Juventus 0 Manchester United 3

Ryan Giggs
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After bearing the brunt of intense criticism earlier in the season, Giggs provided a reminder of his class on one of United's great European nights. The pick of his two goals was a right-footed effort beyond a helpless Gianluigi Buffon.

6. September 20, 2009 - Manchester United 4 Manchester City 3

Darren Fletcher celebrates with teammates Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney
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Giggs may have lost some of the pace of his youth but his instinct was still razor-sharp. When he received the ball on the edge of the box in the sixth minute of injury time in a frenetic derby, he made the perfect decision, playing a well-weighted pass for Michael Owen to claim a dramatic winner.

7. April 26, 2011 - Schalke 0 Manchester United 2

United found it difficult to turn their superiority into goals in this Champions League semi-final until Giggs intervened midway through the second half. The Welshman broke the deadlock after 67 minutes and United went on to win comfortably.

8. February 23, 2013 - QPR 0 Manchester United 2

Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney
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It may have been overshadowed on the day by a Rafael stunner, but Giggs set the seal on another victory on United's march to a record 20th title when he calmly beat Julio Cesar.

9. April 26, 2014 - Manchester United 4 Norwich 0

With David Moyes sacked, Giggs was asked to take over as manager until the end of the season. His first game in charge ended in a resounding win. He went on to win two, draw one and lose one of his four games in charge before taking up a coaching role under Louis van Gaal.