Ryan Giggs: Man for all seasons

As Ryan Giggs approaches 1,000 senior appearances in football, he is also on a run of three goals in five games as if to prove that his influence at this level remains undiminished.

In spell of fine form since the turn of the year, the 39-year-old Welshman also extended his extraordinary record of having scored in 23 consecutive domestic league campaigns, including all 21 Premier League seasons. He did it with a calm, right-footed finish in the 2-0 win over Everton.

“I think the superlatives have all been used up and I don’t think Ryan needs any himself,” Sir Alex said after that match. “He is a fantastic human being. At 39 years of age - or he might even be 40! - he is up and down the pitch and shows fantastic energy for the game. It’s wonderful to see.”

A few days later, Giggs received a standing as a substitute in the Santiago Bernabeu during the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid - further evidence of his standing in the game. Our video, featuring a goal from the veteran's every campaign as a pro, shows precisely why he is so enthusiastically venerated.