Happy birthday, Ryan... the Welsh wizard's top 10 goals for Manchester United
Ryan Giggs celebrates his 39th birthday today and the Manchester United winger has played in every Premier League season since its inception in 1992. To celebrate the No 11's birthday, Sportsmail looks back at his best 10 goals over his glittering career.
Arsenal, April 1999
The greatest Giggs goal of all. United fans will never forget that run from inside his own half, that left-foot finish from a tight angle and that hairy chest. It wasn’t just the goal but the part it played in settling a titanic FA Cup semi-final replay and defining United’s Treble season.
Coventry City, December 1992
There seemed to be little danger when Coventry cleared the ball to the edge of their own penalty box but, with his back to goal, Giggs took it down with the first touch of his left foot and turned to fire a magnificent swerving shot into the top corner of Jonathan Gould’s goal.
Tottenham, September 1992
The floppy-haired teenager truly announced his arrival on the big stage by taking the ball from one Spurs defender, nutmegging another, going round goalkeeper Ian Walker and lashing a shot past a third defender desperately trying to cover the near post.
Blackburn Rovers, May 1993
The night United celebrated their first Premier League title and what a way to do it. Blackburn were threatening to spoil the party when Giggs stepped up to take a freekick 30 yards from goal and sent it soaring over the wall and into the top corner with Bobby Mimms helpless.
Queens Park Rangers, February 1994
Poor old Ray Wilkins had no chance as Giggs took the ball away from the veteran midfielder and left Darren Peacock flat on his backside. Four QPR defenders pursued the youngster and were left strewn about the penalty box as he lifted the ball over Jan Stejsdal.
Juventus, October 1997
Giggs scored the decisive goal in five against a Juventus side featuring Zidane and Del Piero, running onto a pass from Teddy Sheringham in the 89th minute of a Champions League tie at Old Trafford and bursting past his marker before leaving Angelo Peruzzi grasping at air with another fantastic left-foot finish.
Chelsea 21st October 1995
Setting off from the halfway line, Giggs teased three Chelsea defenders before jinking his way into the penalty box, leaving them staggering in his wake. Dmitri Kharin came out to try and narrow the angle but Giggs was there first to prod the ball home.
Coventry City, January 1997
United's attack appeared to have broken down when Dennis Irwin was tackled 25 yards from goal. But Giggs won the ball back with a perfect sliding challenge and then instinctively curled a wonderful effort with his weaker right foot beyond Steve Ogrizovic and into the top corner.
Manchester City, April 1996
Twice City had pegged United back in the Manchester derby at Maine Road when Eric Cantona slipped the ball into Giggs. Keith Curle made the fatal mistake of not closing him down, and the young winger hammered a shot inside Eike Immel’s near post. The United fans didn’t even realise Giggs had scored until he wheeled away backwards in celebration.
Barnsley, October 1997
United were already well on their way to a 7-0 thrashing of the Premier League newcomers at Old Trafford when Giggs cut infield past two Barnsley defenders and despatched an unstoppable effort that gave the keeper no chance. Another demonstration that he’s half decent with his right foot as well.