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PLAYER PROFILE
Nickname
:
Giggsy
Date of Birth
:
29 Nov 1973
Place of Birth
:
Cardiff, Wales
Playing Position
:
Midfielder
Height / Weight
:
1.80m / 71.9kg
Appearances
:
828
Goals
:
152
Joined United
:
09 Jul 1990
United Debut : 02 Mar 1991 v Everton (H)
Transfer Fee
:
None
Joined From
:
None
International
:
Wales (1991 - 2007)
International Debut
:
05 Jun 1991 v Germany (H)
International Caps
:
64
lnternational Goals
:
12

   

The only surprise about Ryan Giggs being named PFA Player's Player of the Year in April 2009 was that it had taken so long for him to win the prestigious award.

After all, he'd previously received countless other individual gongs - including the PFA Young Player award twice in his early career - not to mention more team honours than any other United player in the club's illustrious history.

Ryan is also the Reds' record appearance-maker; he surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton's 758 on the night he helped the Reds secure a third European Cup triumph - his second - in Moscow on 21 May 2008.

United's most decorated player might never have graced Old Trafford, however, had it not been for Sir Alex Ferguson’s intervention. Cardiff-born Giggs was attending Manchester City's School of Excellence in his early teens, but Sir Alex made a personal visit to his house on his 14th birthday and Ryan jumped at the chance to sign for his boyhood favourites.

Ryan turned professional at United in November 1990 and made his league debut in the old Division One against Everton at Old Trafford on 2 March 1991 as a substitute for Denis Irwin. His first league start in 1991/92 also proved a memorable occasion, as he also scored his first ever United goal that day (albeit via a huge deflection off Colin Hendry) in a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Giggs' first senior trophy arrived in November 1991 as United beat Red Star Belgrade in the European Super Cup final - Ryan came on for Lee Martin. He picked up his second winners' medal five months later as the Reds beat Nottingham Forest in the League Cup final. The following season, 1992/93, saw Giggs and United win the inaugural Premier League title.

Ryan was an integral part of two Double-winning sides, in 1993/94 and 1995/96, before going one better in 1998/99 by adding the European Cup to the FA Cup and Premier League trophy. His contributions to the Treble-winning campaign included a superb solo goal to win the FA Cup semi-final replay against Arsenal at Villa Park, commonly regarded as one of United's greatest ever goals.

Ryan celebrated 10 years at Old Trafford with a testimonial match against Celtic in 2001/02. A year later he bagged his 100th career goal in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and became only the second-ever player to play 700 games for United when he helped the Reds to a dramatic 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield in March 2007. Two months later, he became a league title winner for the ninth time, beating the record of eight championship medals held by Liverpool legends Phil Neal and Alan Hansen.

In the interests of prolonging his club career at the highest level, Ryan retired from international football with Wales in June 2007 after 64 games and 12 goals. In October 2007, he extended his United contract to June 2009.

December 2007 brought two landmark feats - Ryan was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services to football and he scored his 100th league career goal in the 4-0 home win over Derby County.

Ryan crowned the epic 2007/08 season, his 18th in United's first team, by scoring the Reds' second goal in the last-day league win at Wigan and slotting home what proved to be the decisive penalty in the Champions League final shoot-out.

Giggs' career continued with a flourish during 2008/09 when he adopted a more central position in midfield or just off the main striker. He extended his contract by another year in February 2009, effective to the end of 2009/10. In that same month he became the only player to score in every Premier League season when he netted in United's 1-0 win at West Ham.

UNITED HONOURS

  FIRST-TEAM HONOURS      
  Barclays Premier League : 1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09  
  UEFA Champions League : 1998/99, 2007/08  
  UEFA Super Cup : 1991  
  FA Cup : 1993/94, 1995/96, 1998/99, 2003/04  
  League Cup : 1991/92, 2005/06, 2008/09  
  FA Community Shield : 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2007, 2008  
  Intercontinental Cup : 1999  
  FIFA Club World Cup : 2008  
  RESERVES & YOUTH HONOURS  
  FA Youth Cup : 1991/92  
  Lancashire League
Division One
: 1990/91  
  INDIVIDUAL HONOURS      
  PFA Players' Player of the Year : 2009  
  Honorary
Master of Arts (Salford)
: 2008  
  OBE (Order of the British Empire) : 2007  
  PFA Team of the Century : 2007  
  PFA Team of the Year : 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2007, 2009  
  Premier League
Team of the Decade
: 2003  
  Sir Matt Busby
Player of the Year
: 1998  
  United Players'
Player of the Year
: 2006  
  FA Premier League Player of the Month : September 1993, August 2006, February 2007  
  English Football Hall of Fame inductee : 2005  
  PFA Young Player of the Year : 1992, 1993  
  Jimmy Murphy
Young Player of the Year
: 1991, 1992  
  Goal of the Season : 1999  
  European Under-21
Footballer of the Year
: 1993  
  Intercontinental Cup
Most Valuable Player
: 1999  
  Wales Player of the Year Award : 1996, 2006  
  BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year : 1996  
  Bravo Award : 1993  

Source: www.manutd.com Last updated: 13 March 2010
 
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