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Ryan Giggs scores superb penalty in Manchester United's 'Class of 92' clash

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Ryan Giggs provided a reminder of his enduring class on Thursday night, with the Manchester United legend netting a superb penalty during a 'Class of 92' clash against Salford City.

The match - which took place in front of a capacity crowd at AJ Bell Stadium - was organised to mark the takeover of the Evo-Stik First Division North by a consortium featuring Giggs alongside former Red Devils teammates Gary and Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.

Manchester United's 'Class of 92' team also - bizarrely -included the likes of Raimond van der Gouw and Mikael Silvestre as well as former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and popular comedian Jack Whitehall, each of whom were unable to prevent a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of their non-league opponents.

Impressive spot-kick

But while the defeat was heavy, the losing side's goal was a moment of real class from Giggs. After the legends XI were awarded a penalty shortly before half-time, the 40-year-old former Welsh international - who only officially retired at the end of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign - stepped up confidently to reduce the deficit with a classic chipped effort in the style of Antonin Panenka.

Watch: Ryan Giggs' penalty effort against Salford - Thanks to Quays News for the video

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New role

Giggs has a new job at Manchester United this season of course, with the Premier League's most-decorated footballer taking up an assistant manager's role alongside the formidable figure of Dutchman Louis van Gaal.

The Red Devils will be looking to dramatically improve on 2013/14's dismal effort, a campaign that was mired in mediocrity and resulted in the premature departure of the hapless David Moyes.

Many initially thought that Giggs might be a serious contender to replace Moyes following his appointment as caretaker boss at Old Trafford in the aftermath of the Scot's sacking, although it appears that for now he is happy to continue to learn his coaching trade under such an influential and reputable boss.

Giggs was assisted by several of his Class of 92 teammates during that aforementioned caretaker spell, although Phil Neville has now left the club and it remains to be seen what the future may hold for Scholes although a return looks unlikely at this stage.

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