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24/05/2014 10:00, Report by James Tuck
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The Giggs story: 1991-1994

Ryan Giggs was a wiry 17-year-old when he made his Manchester United first-team debut, against Everton on 2 March 1991 as a substitute for Denis Irwin.

That was the wider footballing world’s first glimpse of a football phenomenon, but Giggs’ talent had long been observed inside the club and he had already been playing for the reserves for two years.

He made only one other appearance in 1990/91 but it was a memorable one as, on his first league start against Manchester City two months later, he was credited with the winning goal, though it took a huge deflection off Colin Hendry.

Giggs missed out on the Cup Winners’ Cup final squad 11 days later but his exciting impact was such that in the following 1991/92 campaign he was frequently chosen ahead of Lee Sharpe on the left wing. A month after making his international debut for Wales, he picked up his first senior trophy in November 1991 as United beat Red Star Belgrade in the European Super Cup final.

The following April, Giggs set up Brian McClair to score the winner in the League Cup final against Nottingham Forest and he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year. He had also been continuing to play for the youth team and captained the famed 'Class of '92' to FA Youth Cup final glory, but the first team missed out agonisingly on the title after being overhauled by Leeds.

However, Alex Ferguson had finished assembling the team that would go on to dominate English football and Giggs played an integral role in United’s capture of the inaugural Premier League title in 1992/93, making 40 starts and becoming the first player to retain the PFA Young Player award.

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