Manchester United hero Gary Neville is now widely regarded as television’s most outstanding football pundit, but his former teammate Ryan Giggs will have a few words to say after watching his most famous goal - *that* one against Arsenal in the 1998-99 FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park - get torn to shreds by his old pal.
Neville had recorded a special video, filmed in the Sky Sports studio, for Giggs, who was honoured with a Legend of Football award at Football Extravaganza ceremony in London on Tuesday night. It was all in good humour, of course, and the video - which you can see by scrolling down to the bottom of this page - is well worth a watch.
Giggs' goal was one of the best
Giggs scored many superb goals throughout his 23-year career with Manchester United and Wales, but it’s his solo effort against Arsenal which is widely considered his best. The Red Devils legend, who has made more appearances for United than anyone else in the club’s history, dribbled the ball from the half-way line, past several Arsenal players, before slamming the ball into the roof of the net past David Seaman.
It was the goal which sent Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United through to the 1999 FA Cup final, and kept the club’s dream of securing an historic treble - which they went on to achieve following their famous last-gasp victory over Bayern Munich in the ’99 Champions League final in Barcelona - well and truly alive.
Watch: Neville's hilarious analysis
Neville’s analysis of the goal, though, is superb. The retired right-back picks out several examples of where Giggs should have passed the ball, and then accused his mate of “scaring the entire nation” with his now iconic shirt-over-the-head celebration.
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