Ex-Man Utd defender Pallister: Giggs born to play football

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has recalled playing with Ryan Giggs on his debut.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has recalled playing with Ryan Giggs on his debut.

Pallister had already been given a taster of what was to come from a slip of a lad then known as Ryan Wilson before a parental split led him to switch to Giggs, his mother’s maiden surname.

Pallister explained: “Paul Ince and I had not long been at the club. We were staying in a hotel and one night we went down to watch the youth team play.

“The gaffer was there and he said: ‘There’s a young lad playing tonight called Ryan Wilson. Just watch him — he’s going to be something special.’

“We looked and saw this skinny young lad with his shirt hanging off him.

“Suddenly he starts beating people and tearing down the wing.

“You could see straight away that he was going to be something special.

“He came on for his debut against Everton, a game we lost, but you could hardly judge him on that.

“It was not long before he took to the top flight, taking on big experienced defenders. He was just someone who was made to play football.”

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