Giggs storms into Greatest XI
Ryan Giggs won the vote among Eurosport-Yahoo! writers and readers to find the Premier League's greatest left midfielder - by a landslide.
Next season will be the 20th in Premier League history and over the summer we are compiling the best XI to grace the top-flight since the competition's inception in 1992.
Each Monday, we will provide a short list of players and you can vote for your favourite in the Eurosport-Yahoo! online poll or on the Eurosport Facebook page.
Each Thursday, our panel of experts make their decision – their votes count for 50% - while the poll votes also count for 50%.
The verdict across all three votes was predictably unanimous. For all the magic and wonder induced by Le Tissier over the years, a haul of a dozen Premier League titles was more than enough for the Welshman to trump the opposition.
Le Tissier was comfortably everyone's second favourite, while David Ginola (who scooped both the PFA and Football Writers' awards in United's treble-winning 1998-99 season) beat Joe Cole into third place.
Giggs joins Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Tony Adams, Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Cole, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard in our XI, which now consists of six United players and one each from Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Eurosport Experts' Result (50% - double points): 10-Ryan Giggs, 8-Matt Le Tissier, 6-David Ginola, 4-Joe Cole, 2-Harry Kewell
Facebook Poll Result (25%): 5-Ryan Giggs, 4-Matt Le Tissier, 3-Joe Cole, 2-David Ginola, 1-Harry Kewell
Home Page Poll Result (25%): 5-Ryan Giggs, 4-Matt Le Tissier, 3-David Ginola, 2-Joe Cole, 1-Harry Kewell
Final scores: 20-Ryan Giggs, 16-Matt Le Tissier, 11-David Ginola, 9-Joe Cole, 4-Harry Kewell
Here's some of the best user comments left on the Eurosport-Yahoo! website, the Eurosport mobile app and the Eurosport Facebook page:
"I love Le Tiss, he was a genius and only getting 8 caps for England is an insult to the man. However Giggs is a level above, in the same pantheon as the Rauls and Figos of this world." - Matt
"Let's not confuse success for skill here. Yes Giggs the most decorated player in the Premeriship and has been a top player for Utd over the years but for skill, pace & excitement it has to be Ginola for me, the guy was a wizard on the wing & was truly a great entertainer. So Giggs may have the honours but comes nowhere near Ginola or Le Tiss for true skill and entertainment value." - GEORGE
"'Pound-for-pound' is a very unfortunate phrase to use in connection with Le Tiss, who a carried a bit of surplus most of the time. Doubt if there will ever be another like Giggs - consistently excellent for so long. And I recall Hansen saying on MOTD in the mid-nineties he'd slipped to 'mediocre'!" - trevormarch43
"Giggs all the way. I'm not a United fan but what he has achieved in his career is phenomenal. I'm Welsh but think its a shame that he happened to have represented Wales, can you imagine him in an international team with other players at his level. I think if he'd had that chance he would have been talked about as one of the best ever and not just the Premier League era." - richard
"Le Tissier for sure. Everybody is inevitably and predictably blinded by the name Giggs, who was surrounded by far more quality than Le Tissier ever was, and so inevitably people assume he is better. Le Tissier scored more goals in far less games, and was a veritable talisman to an otherwise poor Southampton side." - Ross Hendry
"This is the easiest of all the positions to pick. Giggs is the best left-sided player of the last 25 years..in the whole of Europe. Would have got in any team in the world." - red under the bed