30 Apr 2009

Giggs reaches new milestone

1:56 pm on 30 April 2009

Ryan Giggs has passed another milestone in his remarkable Manchester United career with his 800th appearance for the Premier League football club.

The 35-year-old Welshman came on as a 67th-minute substitute in United's 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Champions League semi-final, first leg at Old Trafford.

He almost marked the occasion with a goal, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Giggs was voted England's Player of the Year by his peers in the Professional Footballers' Association on Monday and won praise from an unlikely source before the match.

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has huge respect for Giggs, whose career began in 1991.

He's English football's most decorated player with medals for 10 league championships, two Champions League wins, four FA Cups and three League Cups.