Ryan Giggs has revealed how a stitch-up by Bryan Robson saw him chased out of Sir Alex Ferguson's office after asking for a club car.
After bursting on the scene at United and dubbed the new George Best in 1992, Giggs confided in skipper Robson on getting the same perks as established stars.
Recalls the Wales manager : “I got stitched up! The first thing that comes to mind is the gaffer’s red head, looking at me and wanting to throw me out the window!
“Basically I’d played about 20, 25 games. Robbo had never taken the mickey out of me or done any practical jokes, so I trusted him and I said, ‘Robbo, everyone’s got a club car’.
“I think it was Volkswagen Passats at the time and Audis. I said, ‘I’ve played 25 games now’ and he said, ‘Yeah I think you should go and ask the manager. Tell him you’ve played 25 games and to give you a car.’
“So I’ve gone knocking on the door and I’ve said to the manager, ‘Listen boss. I’ve played 25 games now, I think I’m fairly established. What about a club car?’
“Halfway through the sentence I could see his face changing, and as soon as I said club car, I could see his face was red and he just started swearing at me” Giggs told The Official Manchester United Podcast.
“He said, ‘Club car? You won’t even get a club bike. Get out of this office now, before I throw you out!’
“As I open the door, half the first team are outside the door. They’ve been listening in, looking for a reaction. You live and learn!”
Giggs has also confessed winning United's first Premier League title in 1993 and the Champions League in 1999 were his greatest moments.
“That was the best feeling I’ve ever had in 99. If I really had to pick, I’d narrow it down to two. The first league one and the European Cup.
“I grew up a United fan and we hadn’t won it for 26 years. Then we do win it. The later ones were just more satisfying because you’d see some of your team-mates win it for the first time and you were buzzing off that.
“Like Moscow (2008). It was different because you see Rooney, Ronaldo and all these players who’ve never won it before and you’re buzzing for them as well as yourself.
“Whereas first time you’ve won it you’re just thinking about yourself. I’ve won the league, or I’ve won the Champions League, it’s all about you.
“The later ones, the last one, and towards the end, you’re thinking, ‘This could be my last one’. It’s a different feeling. I’m not disrespecting and saying I didn’t celebrate or enjoy it as much, it’s just a bit different.”
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