Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You Have to Admire Giggs' Forty-Tude

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

You Have to Admire Giggs' Forty-Tude

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Byline: Dan Jones

IT WAS Saturday September 19, 1992 and a full house of 33,296 had piled in to White Hart Lane to watch Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester United. There was particular interest in a teenage left-winger -- a lad full

of promise, the sort of kid that could, if all went well, be a star of the first team for years to come.

His name was Andy Turner. Earlier in the month he had set a League record, becoming the top division's youngestever goalscorer.

He played the full 90 minutes for Spurs, taking his part in a decent 1-1 draw. However, when the match was finished, it wasn't the 17-year-old Turner everyone was talking about. It was the young left-winger on the other side: only 18 but already stacking up appearances in United's red shirt having made his first-team debut on March 2, 1991.

His name was Ryan Giggs and as one newspaper wrote afterwards, he was "known as not merely promising but as the finest product rising up through our often dull-witted game".

Giggs scored his second Premier League goal that afternoon, pouncing on a defensive error, using his searing pace to cut between two defenders and driving into the net from a tight angle.

"One's heart went out to his marker," ran the match report. This Giggs was evidently going places.

Turner, however, made no deep impression on the game: he cut out a long career playing for a whole raft of teams -- Doncaster, Wolves, Boston United, Rotherham, Yeovil, Kettering, Tamworth and more. He moved into coaching in 2012.

Giggs, on the other hand -- well, who doesn't know what happened there? United's longest-serving player turns 40 today. Now a player-coach, he is working towards his badges, expanding his business career with a restaurant investment and still training hard enough to be well worth his place in United's midfield. …

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