Ryan Giggs walked out on to the Old Trafford pitch today in the pissing down rain, showing the captain’s armband shortly, knowing he is now only twenty three games away from equalling Sir Bobby Charlton’s appearance record for the club. However, this record which he will surely beat over the next few months isn’t the only record the legend can put his name to this season.
Before today, Giggs had only found the net once in the eighteen games he’s played in so far this season. Scoring the fourth in on 4-1 win over Villa in October, he today netted United’s first in our 4-1 win over Derby. Picking up the left overs from a wicked Ronaldo shot, Giggs tapped the ball in to give us the lead five minutes before half time.
Now, on first impression, you may say there was nothing remarkable about this simple tap in. Giggs has scored far more spectacular and important goals for United over the years. However, today’s goal was his 100th league goal for the club, making him the eleventh person to achieve such a feat in the history of United.
“Obviously I’m really pleased to have scored 100 league goals,” said Ryan. “It’s a great achievement and I’m pleased that I eventually got there.”
Tommy Taylor, David Herd, Mark Hughes, Stan Pearson, George Best, Joe Spence, Dennis Viollet, Denis Law, Jack Rowley and Bobby Charlton are the players who Giggs joins in the 100 club.
“I’m amazed that there hasn’t been more made of it,” said Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I think we should be making a big deal of it because it’s a fantastic achievement. Not many players have scored 100 league goals for this club.”