Rapid 0 Manchester Utd 2 

Ryan Giggs

Rap­id Vi­enna 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 2, Ernst Hap­pel Sta­dium, UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Group Sta­ge, Dec­ember 4, 1996. Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Aus­tri­an Cham­pi­ons Rap­id Vi­enna by a 2-0 score in Vi­enna thro­ugh a goal each from Ry­an Gig­gs and Eric Cantona.

Man­chester Uni­ted ma­naged to qual­i­fy for the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue Quart­er-Fi­nals af­ter beat­ing Rap­id Vi­enna by two goals to nil be­fore a 45,000 crowd at Ernst Hap­pel Sta­dium. The Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue te­am nudged them­selves in front in the 24th min­ute of the tie when Ry­an Gig­gs latched on to a neat pass from Eric Can­tona be­fore bril­liantly put­ting the ball pa­st the on­com­ing Mi­chael Kon­sel and in­to the back of the goal. And wi­th eight­een min­utes left to go, Man­chester Uni­ted doubled their ad­vant­age as an ex­cel­lent ball by Da­vid Beck­ham fou­nd Can­tona who struck ho­me from clo­se ran­ge. Rap­id Vi­enna Te­am: Mi­chael Kon­sel, Tri­fon Ivan­ov, Pe­ter Schot­tel, Krzysztof Rata­jczyk, Tho­mas Zin­gler, Pe­ter Sto­ger, Di­et­mar Kuh­bauer, Chris­ti­an Prosenik, An­dreas Heraf, Chris­ti­an Stumpf, Rene Wag­n­er. Sub­stitutes: Sergey Man­dreko, Marek Penksa, Patrick Jovan­ovic, Pe­ter Guggi, Raimund Hedl. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Pe­ter Schmei­chel, Ga­ry Ne­ville, De­nis Ir­win, Da­vid May, Ga­ry Pal­lister, Nicky Butt, Eric Can­tona, Da­vid Beck­ham, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, Roy Ke­ane, Ry­an Gig­gs. Sub­stitutes: Chris Casper, Karel Pobor­sky, Bri­an Mc­Clair, Jordi Cruy­ff, Kev­in Pilkington.


Ryan Giggs Quickfacts

Ry­an Gig­gs sig­ned as an ap­pren­tice at Man­chester Uni­ted on the 9th of Ju­ly 1990 and agreed to his fir­st pro­fes­sion­al con­tract wi­th the Old Traf­ford club on the 29th of Nov­ember the same year.


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