Goal of the Day: Giggs's final United strike

Friday 29 November 2019 10:55

Date: 23/02/13, Loftus Road, Premier League

Background: This away match in west London in what was to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season was also the scene of Ryan Giggs’s last-ever goal in professional football, in his 999th game for club and country. The game had already been lit up by what QPR manager described as a “worldie” from right-back Rafael before Giggs took centre-stage again.

The goal: Hanging around in his traditional slot on the left of the attack, Ryan Giggs received a measured pass from Danny Welbeck in the box before showing all the composure that comes with 23 seasons of top-flight football by calmly slotting the ball home. 
What happened next: Goal no.168 for Giggs sent United 15 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City in our quest for title no.20. Seven league games later, and that championship crown was secured at home to Aston Villa.   

Reaction: Rafael’s rocket stole the headlines but for the young Brazilian, just being able to share the pitch with Giggs was all he wanted to talk about after the match “He is an unbelievable player,” said the young Red. “Every game you see him, he works hard, scores, makes assists. He is the same in training, he just loves to play the game. He is one of the top players that I have played with. He gives us experience, confidence, and when you are feeling bad he comes and helps you, especially young players.”