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Top 25 Manchester United players of the Premier League era - #1

Sports Mole's countdown of the top 25 Manchester United players in Premier League history concludes with number one - Ryan Giggs.

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs in action for Manchester United against Crystal Palace on December 01, 1991.© Getty Images

When looking for the perfect mix of longevity, quality and success, there are no better examples in English football history than Ryan Giggs.

Having made his Manchester United debut in 1991, Giggs outlasted even Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford during a 23-year playing career that saw him become one of only 18 players in football history to have made more than 1,000 career appearances for club and country.

A club-record 963 of those came for the Red Devils, during which time he scored 168 goals to leave him joint seventh on the all-time list of United scorers.

That includes goals in each of his first 23 seasons with the club - including the unprecedented achievement of scoring in all of the opening 21 years of the Premier League - and he was also a creative force with a Premier League-record 271 assists to his name.

At the time of writing, no player has made more Premier League appearances than Giggs's 632, while the Welsh wing wizard was the first player in history to win consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards, going on to scoop the main prize in 2009 at the age of 36.

Giggs eventually called time on his illustrious career in 2014 aged 40, by which point he had played a part in all 13 of Manchester United's Premier League title triumphs in addition to helping the club to four FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League crowns.

Perhaps the abiding memory of Giggs is his solo goal in the semi-finals of the 1999 FA Cup against Arsenal - a moment which proved crucial to the club clinching the treble that year.

In all, Giggs won a staggering 35 trophies during his time at Old Trafford to make him one of the most decorated footballers ever, and he holds a very strong claim to being both United's and the Premier League's greatest player of all time.

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12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
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16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
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