Ryan Giggs has revealed how he was 'slaughtered' by Sir Alex Ferguson as a teenager after a missed penalty during a Manchester United encounter with Southampton 21 years ago.
Then aged only 18 and during his first full season in the club's first-team, Giggs failed from the spot during a shootout to decide an FA Cup fourth round encounter that could not be separated after a replay.
As Giggs explains, however, it was not so much the miss that irked the Manchester United manager, but the way in which the 'cocky' Welsh youngster had juggled the ball on his way up to take the spot-kick.
"He slaughtered me,” Giggs told The Times. "It wasn’t so much missing the penalty, more keeping the ball up. I don’t know what I was thinking.
"I was a cocky 18-year-old and I just thought I would keep the ball up. I was confident, but it was the worst penalty I’ve ever taken. Brucey and Robbo [Bryan Robson] let me know about it as well.
Even 15 years later, he [Ferguson] never let me forget it, like a lot of other things. It wasn’t a good time, that.”
Giggs, meanwhile, is set to start for Manchester United against Wednesday night against Bayer Leverkusen in what will be the Old Trafford icon's final game before he turns 40.
With Manchester United suffering several injury problems in midfield at present Giggs is expected to get the nod from the first whistle, before his 30s come to an end on Friday.