Giggsy: The Biography of Ryan Giggs

Giggsy: The Biography of Ryan Giggs

Frank Worrall

Language: English

Pages: 292

ISBN: 1843583224

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The story of the most decorated player in English soccer history, with 11 Premier League titles, two Champions League victories, and four FA Cup winner's medals to his name
 
Giggs is an astonishing player with an unparalleled career, and here is his amazing story. By the time he made his Manchester United first team debut at 17, many considered Giggs to be the greatest talent since George Best. By the advent of the Premier League in 1992, he was firmly established as United's left winger, a position he continued to dominate until late in his career, when Ferguson switched him to a deeper role in central midfield. Famed for his pace and skill on the ball, Giggs has scored vital goals throughout his career, most notably his incredible solo effort in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal. He was an integral part of the historic 1999 Treble-winning side, and is the only Man U player to have played in both the 1999 and 2008 Champions League victories. Giggs eclipsed Bobby Charlton's record in April 2009, when he made his 800th appearance for United. That year also brought his 11th Premier League winner's medal and the PFA Player of the Year award. Giggs has scored nearly 150 goals for United and his incredible record with the club has ensured that he will go down in history as one of United's greatest ever players.

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minutes. Bayern’s skipper Lothar Matthaus, who captained West Germany to World Cup victory in 1990, went on record to say that United were very lucky to have won: ‘To lose a final is always hard, especially this way. Tonight it was not the best team that won, but the luckiest. But we must not blame anyone, especially in normal time. It’s bitter, sad and unbelievable. We’re all disappointed. You can’t blame the team – we had the match in control for 90 minutes, we had bad luck, hitting the post

the English game can ever hope to achieve. He had done the lot and won the lot, but he was still ‘over the moon’ after United put old rivals Chelsea to the sword and he finally overwhelmed Sir Bobby Charlton’s appearances record at Manchester United. Giggs and United had made it to the final after overcoming the mighty Barcelona in a tough two-legged encounter. Ryan played in both legs of the tie – coming on as a late sub in both. The first leg was at the Camp Nou, and he had replaced Carlos

Neville, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidi'c, O’Shea, Evans, Rafael. Midfielders: Ronaldo, Anderson, Giggs, Park, Carrick, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson. Strikers: Berbatov, Rooney, Tévez, Welbeck. They were at full strength, with all the top men making the journey to the Far East. The boss was happy that United would enter the competition at the last four stage in Yokohama on Thursday, 18 December and that their opponents would be Japanese outfit Gamba Osaka. The final, if they made it, would be three

been removed from Old Trafford and Ryan was delighted to have been part of the history-making team that finally lifted the weight, but now he was aiming even higher – he wanted to win the double of the Premier League and FA Cup, and then steal glory in Europe. And he wouldn’t have to wait long to achieve the first part of his new target – less than 12 months, in fact. CHAPTER 3 MINE’S A DOUBLE ‘Ryan could play football in a phone box and find the door, no matter how many players were in

would be fresh and fit for the Champions League final, three days after the match. It was turning into some season for Ryan. He had just pocketed yet another Premier League winner’s medal, a Club World Cup medal, a League Cup medal and hoped to make it a quartet in Rome. The League Cup medal (his third in the competition) had come at the start of March as United battled to beat a spirited Spurs side at Wembley. Ryan did not start in north London – Sir Alex explained that he would be leaving him

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