Giggs – already the most decorated player with the most appearances in the United's history – took yet another accolade by a healthy margin, confirming the esteem in which he is held by Reds fans young and old.
Second place in the poll went to Eric Cantona, who fractionally edged George Best into third position.
Welsh winger Giggs was typically magnanimous when he found out he’d won. “When I got told I was really chuffed,” he said.
“I couldn’t believe it to be honest, especially when you look at the list of other players who are up there.”
The poll was launched by Inside United in December 2010, with voting open until mid January. Readers were asked to nominate a first, second and third choice, and the responded in droves through the
1. Ryan Giggs
2. Eric Cantona
3. George Best
4. Sir Bobby Charlton
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
6. Paul Scholes
7. David Beckham
8. Roy Keane
9. Peter Schmeichel
10. Wayne Rooney
You can read a full interview with Ryan Giggs in the latest issue of Inside United, on sale 2 February.