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By ESPN Staff
May 21, 2008

Giggs breaks Charlton's United record

MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) - Ryan Giggs broke Bobby Charlton's all-time Manchester United club appearance record on Wednesday when he replaced Paul Scholes after 87 minutes of the Champions League final against Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium.

It was Giggs' 759th appearance for United, surpassing Charlton's mark of 758 which was also set against Chelsea in his last match for United in April 1973.

After Giggs had helped his side to another Champions League triumph - this time over Chelsea - he dismissed any suggestions he was ready to retire by declaring: 'I want nights like this again.'

He told Sky Sports he was confident about taking his penalty in the shoot-out, but still believes the 1999 final was more dramatic.

'I don't think you can beat '99,' Giggs said.

'Penalties can be a lottery. It's how close the teams have been all season.'

Giggs said it was a proud moment to beat Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record for United, especially on a night of Champions League glory.

'It is a proud achievement for myself and my family,' he said.

'But in the end it's all about winning trophies.'

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