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Ryan Giggs set to break Champions League record

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Giggs is set to overtake Raul's record (©GettyImages)
Giggs is set to overtake Raul's record (©GettyImages).

Manchester United star Ryan Giggs is poised to overtake Raul has the player with the most Champions League appearances.

The Welshman, who turns 40 in November, is currently tied with ex-Real Madrid striker Raul on 144 appearances.

However, Giggs will move onto 145 appearances if he features against Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night.

When informed about this statistic by Manchester United's official matchday programme, United Review, Giggs replied: "Really? Wow. I didn’t know that. It’s a great competition and I’ve been lucky enough to win it twice and play a lot of memorable matches.

"There have been so many great players to have graced the tournament and Raul is up there as one of the very best – he has a great goalscoring record and he’s won the competition three times. If I do pass him it will be a great source of pride for me."

Giggs was appointed player-coach at Old Trafford after David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson in July. However, the veteran winger - who now plays as a central midfielder - has still featured for United in five matches this season.

"It’s marvellous to see Ryan Giggs on David’s coaching staff," United's all-time top scorer Sir Bobby Charlton commented. "He’s a marvellous player, he loves the game of football and he has unbelievable talent.

"His pace, his control and his speed of thought continue to stagger me. He’s been a great, great servant here as a player and it’s terrific to see him working for the club as a coach.

"I just can’t believe he’s nearly 40. In my playing days everyone just assumed you were finished when you reached 30, but there he is, still going strong!

"As well as being a great player, Ryan is a terrific talker too, and that part of his game will be important now that he’s part of the coaching staff. It’s great he’s still linked to the club."

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