Ryan Giggs reveals there was one Man United moment that reduced him to tears on the pitch

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When talking about the history of Manchester United, the name Ryan Giggs features very prominently.

The Welsh wing wizard is one of the club's greatest ever players, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies during his 14-year senior career with the Red Devils.

He made 963 appearances for United in all competitions and is still the undisputed Premier League assist king, recording a mammoth 162, 54 ahead of the nearest competitor, Cesc Fabregas.

He was Sir Alex Ferguson's go-to man, a dependable winger who always had a goal in him and would work his socks off for the entire 90 minutes.

His solo goal against Arsenal in the semi-final of the 1999 FA Cup - a competition they would go on to win - is still one of football's most iconic moments.

But, it wasn't the moment that made Giggs the most emotional, oh no.


In a recent interview, the Welshman admits there was only one moment in his entire career that reduced him to tears and it came from the very same season as his magnificent strike against the Gunners.

It was a little bit further on in the club's historic treble-winning campaign, when they somehow managed to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League final.

"The best moment I’ve ever had on a football pitch was when that final whistle went at the Nou Camp [in 1999] and I actually did cry," he told

"It’s the only time I have cried on a football pitch because the emotions just took over."

To be fair, a lot of United fans probably joined in with the tears during that famous night at the Nou Camp.

The Red Devils were trailing until injury time, when, miraculously, they managed to score two goals.

Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunner Solkskjaer scored the goals to win Fergie his first European trophy in what was surely the legendary manager's finest ever season.


Amazingly, the club's chief executive Martin Edwards revealed that they were close to removing Fergie after the 1997/98 season.

“We hadn't won anything and to be honest we were dissatisfied,” Edwards said.

“We wondered if Alex had taken his eye off the ball a little and if his celebrity status and interest in horses had maybe not helped.

“So we told him our feelings and Roland thought we should follow it up with a letter. He received it and came pretty much straight back in to see me.

“He was furious, saying: ‘If that's what you think of me then get stuffed… I am resigning’. And off he went.”

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