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A tricky young winger named Ryan Giggs made his Man United debut 24 years ago today

A first half substitute, the 17-year-old was on the losing side against Everton at Old Trafford.

ON 2 MARCH, 1991, Manchester United faced Everton at a muddy Old Trafford.

Goals from Mike Newell and Dave Watson earned the Toffees a 2-0 victory against Alex Ferguson’s side, but the game is best remembered for the senior debut of a sprightly 17-year-old from Wales.

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The son of a former rugby union player Danny Wilson, Ryan Giggs had signed for the club on his 14th birthday and was offered his first professional contract three years later.

Replacing the injured Denis Irwin, he took the field on 35 minutes — but couldn’t prevent defeat for the home side.

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The teams that day were:

Man United: Les Sealey, Lee Martin, Denis Irwin, Mal Donaghy, Gary Pallister, Darren Ferguson, Lee Sharpe, Brian McClair, Paul Ince, Clayton Blackmore, Danny Wallace.

Subs: Russell Beardsmore, Ryan Giggs.


Everton: Neville Southall, Neil Macdonald, Andy Hinchcliffe, Kevin Ratcliffe, Dave Watson, Martin Keown, Pat Nevin, Stuart McCall, Graeme Sharp, Mike Newell, John Ebrell.

Subs: Tony Cottee, Ray Atteveld.

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Giggs wasn’t handed his first start for another two months but it was worth the wait as he popped up with the only goal in a Manchester derby win.

The next 24 years would see him become the most decorated player in English football history with a haul of 34 trophies which included 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups, three league cups and a Fifa Club World Cup.

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