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Ryan Giggs jokes about Madrid switch after rousing Bernabeu reception

Giggs replaced Kagawa at the Bernabeu (©Getty Images)
Giggs replaced Kagawa at the Bernabeu (©Getty Images).

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has joked that he may have to play at the Bernabeu more often after he received a rousing reception from the Real Madrid fans.

The Welsh winger came off the bench to make his 150th European appearance on Wednesday evening, and was greeted by a warm welcome from the Bernabeu faithful.

And, speaking to ESPN after the game, Giggs joked that he might have to play in Madrid more often.

Giggs said: "It took me by surprise. It was obviously very good - I'll have to play here more often!"

United scored a vital away goal in Madrid, which could be crucial come the return leg at Old Trafford on March 5.

Danny Welbeck lost his marker, Sergio Ramos, and headed in a Wayne Rooney corner to hand United a 20th-minute lead, before a superb Cristiano Ronaldo header levelled the tie before half-time.

And Giggs paid tribute to the performance of Welbeck, as the United goalscorer worked tirelessly in several different positions before he was eventually replaced by Sir Alex Ferguson late on. The England international has struggled for goals this season, but popped up with the key header to register his second of the season on Wednesday evening.

"He was brilliant all night, Danny", continued Giggs, who replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half. "He was causing them all sorts of problems. He deserved the goal."

And the United midfielder revealed his side are pleased with their performance in the Spanish capital, as they prepare for a home leg with an away goal advantage. 

"There's plenty of positives. It's obviously a good result. We scored the goal - which is always important, getting that away goal - and we defended really well, so we're relatively happy."

 

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