Rapid 0 Manchester Utd 2
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.