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Ryan Giggs

The ‘Welsh Wizard’ is another of United’s one-club men and is still there today, swapping his tormenting runs down the flanks for a permanent seat in the dugout as assistant manager in 2014.

Giggs has been tipped by many, including current manager Louis van Gaal, as a potential successor to the Manchester United hot seat in the coming years.

Interestingly, his only stint away from Old Trafford was with arch-rivals Manchester City’s School of Excellence while in his early teens.

Ferguson snapped up him up at 14 and promised professional football within three years. True enough, Giggs signed a professional deal with United on his 17th birthday and the rest was history.

He broke a host of records, both in terms of United and English football, across his 963 appearances for the club.

During that time he scored 168 goals and won an extraordinary 34 trophies to cap an illustrious career.

Among them were 13 league titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups, nine Community Shields and one Club World Cup.

He also has a cabinet full of individual accolades, including scoring in every year of the Premier League until that streak was snapped in his 22nd and final season. – VV

Video: It's not part of the Champions League, but without this famous Giggs goal, there's no treble