Man Utd's Ferguson: Rain convinced me to throw on Giggs

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It was Giggs who settled United nerves with their second and Ferguson beamed afterwards: "It was amazing.

"As soon as it started raining, I was thinking how I was going to get Giggs into the game, because he is fantastic on soft ground with his balance, his ability to beat a man. But with Paul Scholes getting his booking, one loose tackle on a greasy surface and he would have been in trouble, so we waited and waited. I ended up making the change midway through the second half, with Ryan and Owen Hargreaves coming on, and it settled us down a bit.

"It was fantastic for Ryan to get the goal that matters, but maybe it was fate. He deserves it. He's been a credit to the game and, having known him for 20 years, for him to equal Bobby's record on the day he scores the title-winning goal for us, well, it's just fantastic."

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