In 2003, Ryan Giggs was linked with a move away from Manchester United to join Inter Milan. It was rumoured that he would leave in a deal that would see Adriano join United.

Giggs has today reflected on his situation as a local lad and United fan getting to play for the club, insisting he never would have left for Inter.

“I don’t look back and think ‘what if’ when it comes to playing for another club or playing abroad,” said Giggs. “I think I’m in the strange position where I am at a big club, I grew up in the area, I was a United fan and have been successful. All those things have made me want to stay. I don’t think there’s ever been a serious possibility of me leaving this club. I went through a sticky patch around 2002/2003 and there were stories linking me to Inter but it was never close. Certainly not from my point of view anyway.”