Ryan Giggs first played for Manchester United in the season before the Premiership began; back when Bryan Robson was still captain. He took possession of United’s left wing and never loosened his grip. Over a fourteen year career so far, he’s seen them all come and go: Cantona, Schmeichel, Beckham and the rest.
Sir Alex Ferguson said of Giggs ‘I knew we had an outstanding talent when we gave him his debut.’ That was back in 1991, but it remains as true in 2005 as it ever was. Giggs has been a pivotal figure in United’s dominance of the Premiership. There have been rivals but no other team can match the their sustained record of success over recent years. And Giggs is the only player to have played in all eight of those title winning campaigns.