FOOTBALL NEWS

29/04/2009 22:43, Report by Adam Bostock

Ryan reaches 800

Ryan Giggs capped arguably the most prestigious award of his career by making a landmark appearance against Arsenal on Wednesday night.



Just three days after picking up the PFA Player of the Year trophy in London, the United veteran played a remarkable 800th game for the club when he came on as a substitute for Anderson in the second half at Old Trafford.

His introduction brought more maturity to the team's play as the Reds sealed an important 1-0 first-leg win over the Gunners and it almost brought a second goal - only for a linesman's flag to ruin Ryan's fun after he'd rounded Manuel Almunia and slotted the ball home.

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke of his admiration for Giggs in his post-match interview on MUTV.

"It's an unbelievable achievement," said Ronaldo. "And he deserved his award because he's had a fantastic season, helping the team to score goals.

"Eight hundred games is unbelievable and I hope to be like him one day."

The perfect script?

Not quite... on the occasion of his 800th appearance for United, Ryan Giggs went around Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and put the ball in the net - only to be ruled offside by a referee's assistant. Spoilsport.

Video: See Ryan talking about his PFA award on MUTV Online.

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