Even at 36, United’s record appearance-maker can turn a game with a swivel of the hips or a drop of the shoulder.
Appearances: League 20(5), 5 goals; FA Cup 0 (1); Carling Cup 2(1), 1 goal; Europe 1(2), 1 goal; Other 0(1). Total: 23 (9), 7 goals.
Season soundbite: "Ryan’s amazing. His energy, his work-rate, his passing and his movement are unbelievable. It’s a privilege to play with him. He’s 36 but plays more like a 26-year-old as he’s up and down the pitch all the time; he’s everywhere." – Wayne Rooney
In a word: Ageless
After dazzling in the centre of midfield in 2008/09, Ryan Giggs reverted to what he knows best last season: terrifying full-backs.
Story of the season Used primarily on the wing during 2009/10, Ryan continually demonstrated the value of experience. He was United's best player during September and remained one of the Reds' most consistent performers until February when, in a challenge with Steve Sidwell at Villa Park, he fractured his right arm and missed five weeks of football. The injury forced Giggs out of key European ties, as well as the Carling Cup final (he'd played a key role in nudging the Reds towards Wembley with a goal against Manchester City in the semi-final first leg), but he returned in late March to drive United's relentless (yet ultimately unsuccessful) bid for a fourth consecutive title.
Finest moment With the title very much in the balance when Tottenham came to OT in April, and top spot beckoning (albeit only temporarily), it was Giggs who stepped forward to assume penalty duties in Wayne Rooney's absence. Despite never taking a spot-kick in 20 league seasons, he coolly despatched both attempts to earn three points and keep the Reds well and truly in the hunt for silverware. “His composure showed itself in those penalties,” Sir Alex said. “Experience gives you that.”