Five mem­o­rable goals from the Manch­ester United mae­stro

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Tot­ten­ham 1 Man United 1 (EPL, Septem­ber 1992) Giggs’s first great in­di­vid­ual goal, scored when he was 18, an­nounced his ar­rival as one of the first stars of the freshly launched Pre­mier League. Spurs de­fender Dean Austin mis­con­trols a high ball on his chest and Giggs sweeps in to steal pos­ses­sion be­fore nut­meg­ging Ja­son Cundy, fly­ing past goal­keeper Ian Walker, and slam­ming the ball into an empty net from a pro­hib­i­tive an­gle on the left. QPR 2 Man United 3 (EPL, Fe­bru­ary 1994) Another slalom­ing solo strike. Seiz­ing on a loose ball in the QPR half, Giggs rides a tackle from Ray Wilkins, jags in­side a chal­lenge from Dar­ren Pea­cock and then surges goal­wards be­fore fir­ing past Jan Ste­js­dal as a pair of fran­ti­cally back-track­ing de­fend­ers col­lide in the box. Arse­nal 1 Man United 2 (FA Cup semi-fi­nal re­play, April 1999) Giggs’s most fa­mous goal set­tled a pul­sat­ing Cup tie at Villa Park and paved the way for a Tre­ble of Pre­mier League, Cham­pi­ons League and FA Cup tro­phies. In ex­tra time, and with United down to 10 men fol­low­ing the dis- missal of Roy Keane, a lazy cross­field pass from Pa­trick Vieira gifts Giggs pos­ses­sion. He is 10 yards in­side his half when he re­ceives the ball, but he twists his way past Vieira, Lee Dixon, Martin Ke­own and Dixon again be­fore plant­ing a vi­cious shot into the roof of David Sea­man’s net. Ju­ven­tus 0 Man United 3 (Cham­pi­ons League sec­ond group stage, Fe­bru­ary 2003) Un­able to play in in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments due to Wales’s re­peated qual­i­fy­ing fail­ures, Giggs of­ten re­serves his best per­for­mances for the Cham­pi­ons League, and in par­tic­u­lar, games against the great Ital­ian teams. With a goal to his name al­ready, he in­ter­cepts a pass from An­to­nio Conte and drives down­field, be­fore drift­ing into the penalty area from left to right and rolling a pre­cise shot into the bottomleft cor­ner with his un­favoured right foot. Man United 1 Chelsea 2 (League Cup semi-fi­nal, Jan­uary 2005) Gary Neville floats a high ball over the top of the Chelsea de­fence and Giggs jumps to flick the deftest of vol­leys over goal­keeper Petr Cech with the out­side of his left foot. – Sapa-AFP

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