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Giggs: Galatasaray Memories Always With Me

Ahead of this week’s game against Galatasaray, Ryan Giggs has reflected on when he travelled to Turkey in 1993 and were welcomed to “hell” by their supporters.

United had drawn with them 3-3 at home so the goalless draw meant we were knocked out of the competition on away goals, but Giggs says the atmosphere in the ground that night is something he’ll never forget.

“I remember it vividly. It’s one of those memories that will always stick with you,” he told the official site. “When we arrived at the airport, there were all the banners and thousands of fans screaming at you. There were things thrown at us when we were driving away on the coach, fans outside the hotel chanting all night making sure we didn’t get any sleep and people phoning the hotel rooms. It had everything. But they were a good team and a good club. It is a fantastic game to be involved in, especially away from home. It is an atmosphere a lot of the lads won’t have witnessed before. The atmosphere back then was something I tried to enjoy as much as I could. The manager told us to go on the pitch and sample the atmosphere. The fans had been in the ground for hours and hours so it was buzzing 90 minutes before kick-off. We were stood in the middle of the pitch watching the fans chant. It was one stand to another. It was a brilliant atmosphere if I am honest but obviously the game didn’t pan out the way we wanted. They were a good team then and they will be a good team now.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Fergie's gum says:


  2. eltricolor2014 says:

    Gala is doomed this time around. United is going to make a statement about the CL this year. Make no doubt.

  3. redangel says:

    these turkish fans know the true meaning of atmosphere. The young lads will experience something new when they head out over there.

  4. Kagawa The Shirt-seller says:

    Play with earplugs then.

  5. LoneStarRed says:

    We will stuff their atmosphere up their ….well you know where. We cannot afford to take anyone lightly.

  6. Faez says:

    What the update on OT”s singing section anyway?

  7. Build a Bonfire says says:

    Faez – Have to wait till next season for the ” singing section ” several reason’s why..

    Burn the fuking lot

  8. Marq says:

    Please just get the points on board early, then rest player when qualification is secured

  9. Redbilly says:

    I know a couple of Turks . Even they said the fans are crazy .

  10. Costas says:

    Never watched that series of games, but, one of the first United games I saw was the 4-0 win at OT one year later. Beckham scored his first goal for us that day.

    Lets get it out of the way as soon as possible tomorrow.

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Giggs is spot on. These are the games you remember, the ones you want to be involved in. Playing these games is what it means to be a United player. The games that matter, where the fans let you know it matters and you take it all.

    Hope we do better than in 1993. How many teams will have players and a manager that that will be able to talk about a game that this team has not played in in 19years! :twisted:

  12. King Eric says:

    I have a good feeling about Europe this season. Van Persie and Kagawa will make a huge difference and so will the fact Fergie said he isn’t going to tinker in the group stages. Why the fuck are Madrid second favourites? They are a fucking shambles at present and the one man who wins them games can’t be arsed. I see we have moved in front of City in the odds with Paddy Power.

  13. ARUN says:

    @king eric
    same here mate. i think we will do well in europe this season not just in europe i think we will win epl and win one of the cups as well. europe is hard to predict.i will be extremely sursprised if we dont make the semis . i am backing us to beat any body . A FRONT THREE OF ROONEY VAN PERSIE AND KAGAWA can send shivers through anybodys spine.just need to keep the defenders bloody fit.

  14. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    I think we’ve got the ability to win the CL this season, as in really, I’m not counting the eggs before they hatch. Good squad, with some exciting players who look like they can score on the big stage occasions when it counts. I expect us to go far this campaign, anything less is just going to be Mr.Complacency at work.

    And Hello King Eric! Been a while since I’ve read your posts, busy much?

  15. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    and whats with the annoying hyperlinks on random words? like squad

  16. WeAreUnited says:

    Are you watching Newcastles game? Have been watching them also last season for some games.

    I know that in this forum, if you compare players, then someone will go mental here and say you cannot compare, when I said that for example that for me Ibra has similarities with Cantona, I got shot off, well I’ll take the risk.

    Yorke and Cole were my favourites, but when I look Demba Ba and Cisse together, they have the same chemistry between them as our legends :) what you think?

    Not saying we should buy them :D but just saying they have similarities :)

    ANd I still will say, that if Ibra played for us, he would have been compared with Cantona, and he would have scored crazy goals, and all would be say the same, the ones who can think outside the box!

    PEACE .

  17. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Halsey will wear the black v Liverpool

    Sunday 23rd September kick of at 1.30pm

    Referee: Mark Halsey
    Assistants: S Child, M McDonough
    4th Official: L Probert

  18. markynorbs says:

    What a night that was! No Red will ever forget that match. From the from the airport to the player coming off at the final whistle it was madness.
    Bring on the CL it seems like eternity since we last played. COME ON UNITED!!!

  19. Proverb says:

    “Dad, I’m hungry.” “Hi, Hungry. I’m DAD.” “Dad, I’m serious.” “I thought you were Hungry?” “Are you kidding me?” “No, I’m Dad.”

    Good morning ROM.

  20. Proverb says:

    On a slow start this could be worth reading..



    “Fans in Spain rate him very highly and I admire him a huge amount. To me Paul is a role model. He is the best midfielder I’ve seen in the last 15 or 20 years.”


    “Nobody else in the world can play the way Scholes does. The passes he produces all over the field and the way he changes the game is brilliant. Every manager would like him. But luckily he is here and playing with us. Paul practices that all the time. When he has finished training he always goes out and shoots.”


    “The boy can play”


    “I tell anyone who asks me – Scholes is the best English player. At Manchester United I saw what he can do and all I could say is wow.”


    “In my opinion he’s up there with the top three or four players to play for United.”


    “Paul Scholes is just fantastic. When you play alongside him, you realise what a special talent he is.”


    “Paul Scholes is my favourite player. He epitomises the spirit of Manchester United and everything that is good about football.”


    “What a player Paul is. Everything about him is just perfect.”


    “Every one of us is just trying to become as good as him. Everyone can learn from Paul Scholes”


    “He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League.”


    “Paul Scholes, aka Sat Nav, went from a scoring midfielder to a dictator of the game (changed his game while still at top of the game). Genius.”


    “He’s one of the great players to come through the ranks here.”


    “I’m star-struck when I see Paul Scholes because you never see him. On the pitch you can’t catch him. Off the pitch he disappears.”


    “We won’t ever see another one like Paul Scholes. He is a legend and a real benchmark. He is not interested in the modern-day footballer’s life off the pitch, but he is a world-class player on it”


    “I have played with some great players during my time at United but I would have to put Paul Scholes down as the best.”


    “He is the best midfielder of his generation. I would have loved to have played alongside him.”


    “Scholes is one of the most complete footballers I’ve ever seen. His one-touch play is phenomenal. Whenever I have played against him, I never felt I could get close to him.”


    “I can’t understand why Scholes has never won the player of the year award. He should have won it long ago. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t seek the limelight like some of the other ‘stars’.”


    “Sad to hear of Paul Scholes retirement! One of the best midfielders to grace the Premiership! Idolised him for years! Legend.”


    “There isn’t a player of his mould anywhere in the world.”


    “No celebrity bullshit, no self promotion – an amazingly gifted player who remained an unaffected human being.”


    “Paul Scholes had the best football brain I’d ever seen in a kid. Let’s face it. Paul Scholes is in a class of its own.”


    “He’s the best all-round. A joy to watch.”


    “Paul Scholes would have been one of my first choices for putting together a great team.”


    “His technique is unique.”


    “At La Masia, his name was mentioned a lot. He’s a teacher.”


    “Why isn’t he playing for England? It is crazy. Only in England. Scholes is a great, great player. So experienced and still, for me, one of the best in the world in midfield. Manchester United are lucky to have him.”


    “Sad to hear Paul Scholes is retiring, great player, world class player, the English Zizou.”

    Neville G

    “I wouldn’t swap Paul Scholes for anybody. He is quite simply the most complete footballer I have ever played with. He is the best.”

    Neville P

    “Paul, for me, is the best player in the England team. It worries teams. Speak to any other international team and they will single Paul out as England’s key player. For me, he doesn’t get the full credit that he deserves. He is a world-class player and deserves to be up there with the likes of Zidane and Figo.”


    “When you talk about the greats of Manchester United, he’s up there with Georgie Best, Bryan Robson, Ryan Giggs and Bobby Charlton just purely for the amount of medals that he’s won, he’s going to be greatly missed by Manchester United.”


    “If he was playing with me, I would score so many more.”


    “One of the best players I’ve ever seen in my life! Spectacular on training!! Playing with him was a joy!”


    “When Scholes is in the team, it’s like playing with the lights switched on”


    “I want to pass like him. Who taught him how to do that?”


    “Scholes is the best i’ve played with and he helped me a lot when I was young. He’s amazing.”


    “The best player I’ve played with or against.”


    “One of the greats in his position has retired. Was an honor playing with Paul Scholes.. RespectForALegend”


    “Possibly the best midfielder the Prem has seen…”


    “Seriously legend is overused but Scholesy is a legend, end of!”


    “They have two of the world’s best young players in Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, but the player who most impresses me is Paul Scholes. He is United’s most important player, he makes most things happen on the field.”


    “If you ask footballers to pick out the player they most admire, so many of them will pick Paul Scholes.”


    “Paul Scholes the legend, best footballer I’ve ever witnessed in real life! Fact”


    “Paul Scholes deserves all the accolades he will get on his retirement,most gifted English player of his generation & humble with it. Legend”


    “He can score goals, hit crossfield passes, play one-twos, beat people and win headers in the opponents’ box, so if you take that whole package I don’t think I’ve seen anybody as consistent – and he’s been doing that for 10 or 11 years.”


    “He’s the best one- or two-touch passer in the country. He sees the game unlike any other player.”


    “The player in the Premiership I admire most? Easy – Scholes”


    “Sad to hear Paul Scholes is retiring, what a player! Top class and a great role model for any young English midfield player!”


    “In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen — the most complete — is Scholes. I have spoken with Xabi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything. He can play the final pass, he can score, he is strong, he never gets knocked off the ball and he doesn’t give possession away. If he had been Spanish then maybe he would have been valued more.”


    “My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get.’”


  21. utd_fc says:


    I’ve read and re-read this many a time. Glad to see that the true geniuses of the game understand the Ginger’s genius and what a legend he is, even if the deluded ABU cunts and dumbass English don’t. Never agreed with what that cocky prick xavi has to say but I have to agree that he’d be much more appreciated if he were Spanish.

  22. Proverb says:

    Best thing about the iPhone 5…

  23. Proverb says:

    When you have played the game, when you truly learn to appreciate technique and ability – you come to realise that flash tricks and skills are just for show.

    Paul Scholes in his prime NEVER lost the ball. He had the ability to control the tempo of the whole game – his first touch would get the ball under control, he would shimmy and lose two or three men around him (not a flash step over, just a simple understated but highly effective move away from his markers) – then he would either conduct a series of passes using his clever movement and style or he would pick a pass so delicate, unseen and difficult nobody else could of imagined it.

    And he would do all of this and make it look easy.
    The fact that every footballer has all but praise for him says it all
    The ABU’s only care about making money by misjudging everything united.
    And I agree with you, if he were spanish everyone would be singing the praise.

    Iniesta anyone winning EUROPE’s footballer of the year over ronnie who baggad something like 70 goals a season…. Jeez!
    THAT is Paul Scholes.

  24. Proverb says:

    The ginger ninja is a pro’s pro

    I adore his innocent look after a butt kick ;)
    Once he goes for a challenge you know its an ass kick
    But vs wigan he was absolutely to notch with his clear tackles, even Chicha leaning a thing or two from the ginger price.
    Awesome player. Imo he doesn’t need to know how to clear tackle for many to consider him the best

  25. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Proverb, Many have dispaired that Paul won’t win any personal award because he isn’t s self promoter.

    I actually think he might be in line for the EPLs POTY this year as it alwasys goes to an influential player who makes a mark early and (like Giggs a couple of years back) all will be thinking it better be now.

    Another award that I feel Paul MUST win is the Golden Foot. This is an odd award but can go to players who didn’t receive other top awards. Gigs won it last year. Rumor has it that Cantona will get it this years.

    For me the GoldenFoot is the award that Paul Scholes must win. If you agree, get on twitter and send the following:
    RT #Scholes4GoldenFoot
    When you are done with that, Send this:
    RT #Scholes4POTY

    Lets start a campagne today

  26. MumbaiRed says:

    @ Proverb : Thanks Mate, made my day….

    Just to cap it off, a couple of words on the great man by someone who played alongside him for 6 years and who himself is ain’t that bad a player:

  27. Proverb says:

    Hey :) fletch, thanks
    I’m really excited for doing something to our legendary maestro

    I’m doing that right away…

  28. DohaRed says:

    PROVERB – wonderful collection of quotes. Thank you so much for posting that.

  29. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Proverb Cheers mate.

    Probably need to get somewhat back on topic. Check out this video of Gala fans.

    Any fans that don’t do the posnan are alright by me.
    These lads look to have a right good time.
    But expect whistling very time we cross their 40m

  30. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Proverb – paul was never appreciated enough by the enguurland circus but sir alex did and many fans with knowledge of the game and who love technique also do. Brilliant player, a legend, a player that describes the beauty of football with his feet. One of the rare few great players who control games and makes those playing alongside him and against him to play at his own tempo. Blesses with vision, sublime passer, excels in one or two touch but he can also ping a long fantastic crossfield pass to get the stadium and viewers marvelling. Just a world class player, made the game look easily but he’s also a tough master, he won’t be overrawed by any player, he can fly into challenges even if it’s wreckless. That’s paul’s way of saying “don’t fuck with me you cunt”. I’m not suprised with all the accolades he gets, he deser es them but he doesn’t bask in the limelight like some players who are no where as talented. I hope all talented united younger players, the midfielders mainly learn and take a chunk of his mentality/ability and add it to their own.

  31. DreadedRed says:

    Helen Wood, the call girl who shared a notorious threesome with Jenny Thompson and Wayne Rooney, has slammed the celebrity hooker’s “who’s the daddy?” pregnancy riddle.

    Former 1,200 pound-a-night escort Thompson has confirmed bedding more than 100 men, including Mario Balotelli, and 2ft 5in TV dwarf Josh Bennett.

    Helen Wood said:
    “She’s up the duff isn’t she? They have narrowed the possible fathers down to 150. Her labour won’t be too bad. Should just fall out.”

  32. DreadedRed says:

    Various media claims that Cantona will receive this year’s Golden Foot are erroneous.

    Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pelé), will receive the Golden Foot Award in Monte Carlo on October 17, 2012 at 8pm.

  33. TonyBee says:

    Dreadedred … Should just fall out hahaha

  34. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    I think the CL this year will be a right hoot !

    Chelsea won’t win it again :lol: and anyone that does will do it more convincingly than those cunts for sure.

    The favourites in order is probably.

    1- Barca
    2- Bayern
    3- Real
    4- United

    Arsenal,Dortmund,Chelsea will be close by…can’t see the likes of Juve, Shitty,PSG progressing to the quarters.

  35. DreadedRed says:

    TonyBee – like the last grain of rice being shaken from the packet.

    If there are complications, she can dress that 2ft 5in dwarf Josh Bennett in caving gear (helmet, headlamp, and safety-ropes); and send him up her cavernous spout.

  36. Jrdonl says:

    @proverb thanks mate..i read ur post twice it doesnt get bored.. figo quote tell all bout scholesy…About 1993 gala atmosphere yesterday i watched it on youtube best hostile scenes all around ground…

  37. DreadedRed says:

    Right now there are 22 players in the pre-Galatasaray open training session at Carrington:

    Goalkeepers: Anders Lindegaard, David De Gea.

    Defenders: Rafael, Patrice Evra, Michael Keane, Alexander Buttner, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Nemanja Vidic.

    Midfielders: Darren Fletcher, Nani, Paul Scholes, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia, Anderson, Ryan Giggs,. Nick Powell, Shinj Kagawa.

    Forwards: Chicharito, Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie

  38. utd_fc says:

    It pisses me off, the nature of the players here. They go seeking the limelight and a player like Scholesy who doesn’t like all the superstardom doesn’t get appreciated for his efforts.

    I don’t think he’s going to be winning EPL POTY. They always end up giving it to strikers usually from the team that wins the season too. I’d love nothing more than to see him win it. He’s a gem of a player

  39. Jrdonl says:

    @dreaded red where did u get these info…dont say you live near carrington

  40. FletchTHEMAN says:

    utd_fc Not always so mate. The PFA POTY is voted on in feb and almost always goes to someone in early season form. Couple of years ago, there were no stand outs in the group you mention so Ryan Giggs got it. Imagine there is a group of player who will be voting for Scholes and it is just down to whether there are other strong candidates to take over.

    In any event, it would be good to remind the players that they are running out of time to honor Paul. A little positive PR from fans couldn’t hurt. ;)

  41. Proverb says:

    Cheers everyone
    @fletch, yeah mate their fans are a bunch of raucous fuckers
    I hope we stuff them tomorrow
    But I reckon the return league could be too much for the young lads
    Hopefuly their wild fans and intimidating atmosphere serve as a great experience to the young lads and come up improved in dealing with thos sort of atmospheres

  42. DreadedRed says:

    Jrdonl – my heart lives in Old Trafford, my body is proximitarially challenged.

    The info was straight off TAOT. More from them to sate your obvious interest:
    11:05 – Ashley Young is absent from training. Working indoors?
    11:10 – Two keepers training separately. Outfield players split into two groups to take part in ‘boxes’ (where a man in the middle has to chase the ball as it’s knocked around by the men on the perimeter). There’s a younger group and an older group, but new-boy Büttner has bridged the age divide and is in the same box as Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Vidic, Fletcher, Scholes, Cleverley, Giggs and van Persie.

  43. Redbilly says:

    Dreaded red 09:33- must be like a clowns pocket down there.

  44. Redbilly says:

    Utd FC – 11:23. Good post re scholes. But I am of the opinion that adulation and plaudits are not that important to him. He is, without doubt a humble man . Hugely talented but ultimately grounded. Maybe one of the reasons hr is so highly held amongst within the football world is his combination if outstanding talent without a huge ego.

    That’s partly why the guy is a true sporting hero .

  45. WeAreUnited says:

    @ Proverb

    thanks for that post, great to read WOW, the best one was Ronaldinhos Messis and Pele’s quotes:

    Messi “At La Masia, his name was mentioned a lot. He’s a teacher.” TEACHER :F

    Ronaldinho “I want to pass like him. Who taught him how to do that?” haha

    Pele “If he was playing with me, I would score so many more.” says it all.

    So let’s show him more respect, like Inter does to Zanetti, if Scholes plays one game bad, to slate him for that, he’s 38 and everyone in our team doesn’t play the game with brains like THE TEACHER does.


  46. Jrdonl says:

    To all reds in the blogs ..I dono how many people know this very famous hero ‘ RAJINIKANT’..To me giggs is rajinikant the evergreen superstar….google thy name

  47. LonestarRed says:

    @ Proverb
    Those Scholes comments were gold. Thank You.

  48. DreadedRed says:

    Redbilly – yeah, circus maximus! I’ll bet Rooney’s not glad he ate her.


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