Arsenal 2 United 2, Highbury, 16/04/2003
“The one where I scored a header at Highbury to make it 2-2 was a really important game.” Had Ryan not equalised, the Gunners would have gone level on points with the Reds at the top of the table, with five remaining games to United’s four. As it is, Sir Alex’s men stayed out in front and were crowned champions 18 days later.
United 1 Arsenal 0, Old Trafford, 19/09/93
“There was another game at Old Trafford as well when Eric scored a brilliant free-kick, right in the top corner. I think that was back in 1993.” Ryan remembers the year correctly – the season in question was 1993/94, when the Reds went on to succeed Arsenal as FA Cup holders and complete the Double after retaining the long-awaited title.
Ryan’s favourite Arsenal players
Giggs is quick to acknowledge that great games often need great opponents. When asked to pick the three Arsenal players he most admires from the many he has faced since 1991, he chose an England stalwart and two of the league’s best-ever imports.
“You’d have to say Thierry Henry. He was one of the Premier League’s great players. He scored great goals, he had great physique and speed and on his day he was just unstoppable. You can add Dennis Bergkamp as well because he was a really intelligent player.
“Tony Adams is the other one. He was very tough to play against, especially at Highbury – you always knew you had to be at your best against that defence. It had so much experience.”