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06/03/2013 00:22, Report by Nick Coppack

Video: Giggsy's debut

On Tuesday night, Ryan Giggs made his 1,000th appearance in senior football and was one of the stand-out players as Manchester United narrowly lost to Real Madrid.

To play 10 centuries of matches is an incredible achievement and one that's had everybody talking over the last few days. He's been praised to the hilt by players, managers and fans, and rightly so: Giggs is a bona fide legend.

Few could have predicted the Welshman's career would last so long when, back in March 1991, he came on as a substitute for Denis Irwin in United's home defeat against Everton. He was just 17 at the time.

Now 39 (40 in November), Giggs remains a key player in United's bid for silverware.

Watch our video to see where it all began, 22 years ago.

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