“It was strange because you’re going onto the pitch concentrating on trying to do well for the team and to make an impact. I did recognise [the Madrid fans' applause] but I was so focused on doing well in the game that it wasn’t until afterwards I really thought about it. It was great for me and I thank the Madrid fans for the welcome they gave me. To go onto the pitch at somewhere like the Bernabeu and be clapped by the home fans is something special."
Giggs was part of the side who lost out on aggregate to the Spaniards 10 years ago in the quarter-finals, despite winning an epic encounter 4-3 at Old Trafford.
“It was a memorable game, but it’s not one I look back on too fondly!” he joked. “You can get games like that – two great sides, lots of goals… it could be similar tonight. When you have that much firepower on the pitch there is going to be chances and goals.
“Every time you play in Europe you learn different lessons and certainly on that night with Madrid scoring early it was always going to be an uphill task. Hopefully that won’t happen tonight.
“You learn from every experience in Europe and you try and get ahead and try to score the first goal. You know the crowd will get behind you and the confidence that will give you. Nonetheless, if we go a goal behind on Tuesday night we have the experience and the confidence to come back as we have done throughout this