The five games Ryan Giggs would relive
Ryan Giggs has revealed the five games from his Manchester United career that he’d like to go back and play again.
With a record 963 appearances for the Reds, there are plenty of matches to choose from and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Giggsy’s first pick is arguably the most famous 90 minutes in the history of the club.
“There are so many! It was always good when you scored in the last minute,” Giggs told the MUTV Group Chat recently.
“Obviously, the Champions League final in Barcelona [in 1999] was amazing.
“It wasn’t the best game but that’s the best feeling I’ve ever had on a football pitch.”
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The Welshman’s next three nominations were all packed with late drama, with Giggs right in the thick of the action.
The Reds’ 2-1 turnaround victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 proved to be key in United ending our 26-year title drought, while John O’Shea’s smash-and-grab winner at Anfield 14 years later also had a galvanising effect, leading to further glory at season’s end.
Giggs also highlighted the dramatic 4-3 win over Manchester City in September 2009, when his pinpoint threaded through-ball allowed Michael Owen to send Old Trafford into raptures in the 96th minute of the game.
“You go back to the first time we won the league and Brucey’s two goals against Sheffield Wednesday, when Michael Owen scored the winner against City, Sheasy’s goal at Anfield… it’s those sorts of feelings you get when you score in the last minute,” he added.
Of course, no rundown of Ryan’s finest moments in a red shirt could be complete without a mention of his extra-time heroics in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay.
Giggs’s goal to sink Arsenal is regarded as among the finest ever scored in the grand old competition, yet the 46-year-old still thinks our subsequent European success, secured 21 years ago today (Tuesday), beat it in terms of pure emotions.
“Of course, the FA Cup semi-final. I was a sub and came on and scored the goal, and that was the game that had everything.
“There have been so many games, but the best feeling I ever had on a football pitch was at the Nou Camp, unbelievable.”
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