24 years ago today, a legend made his debut for Manchester United

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On March 2nd, 1991 a 17-year-old Ryan Giggs replaced Denis Irwin for Manchester United in a 2-0 defeat against Everton for his first professional appearance.

A name synonymous with Manchester United for the last quarter of a century, there is no doubt Ryan Giggs is a Manchester United legend. Fans will have countless favourite moments from his glittering career, but the March 2nd will certainly be a day that sticks in the Welshman's mind.

 

The talented left-winger never looked back from that day, going on to establish himself as a regular in the starting 11 the following season. He became one of the first names on the team sheet and went on to make 632 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 109 goals in the process. In fact Giggs' last season was the only one where he failed to find the back of the net.

The Welsh wizard had a remarkable career picking up many medals along the way, but perhaps what is most impressive is that he played consistently well at the highest level for his whole career. Only three other outfield players played in the Premier League past the age of 40; Gordon Strachan, Teddy Sheringham, and Kevin Phillips.

Giggs had a spell as caretaker manager at Old Trafford last season following the sacking of David Moyes. It was quite a sight to see Giggs joined by Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt on the backroom staff. Now with the role of Louis van Gaal's number two, many believe he is being groomed to be the Dutchman's permanent successor.

The Welsh national job could also be on the horizon for the 41-year-old in the future and he has already been tipped in the past for the role by sources such as former Manchester United youth team coach Eric Harrison, reported by the BBC.

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