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Giggs adds to his United legend
May 12th, 2008 7AM

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[CHAMPIONS] On the final day of the English Premier League season, Manchester United broke the deadlock at the top when it won, 2-0, at Wigan and Chelsea could only tie Bolton Wanderers, 1-1, at home. United's goalscoring heroes were Cristiano Ronaldo with his 31st goal of the EPL season and Ryan Giggs, who won his 10th EPL title with United.

The 34-year-old Giggs came on as a second-half substitute on Sunday to equal United's appearance record of 758 games held by Bobby Charlton.

And 12 minutes after coming on, Giggs scored the insurance goal for United, which would have won the EPL crown even if Chelsea had beaten Bolton. United finished the season with the most goals scored (80) and fewest goals added (22) for a goal difference (first tiebreaker) of plus-58.

With the return of Korean Park Ji-Sung, Giggs had been used sparingly in recent weeks, but he scored with his left foot after taking a pass from Wayne Rooney.

"Their goalkeeper [Chris Kirkland] made two or three saves and you say to yourself, 'Hopefully we'll get that second goal'," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "And the oldest player, Ryan Giggs with 10 medals, gets it.

"It was fantastic that he got it. Whether it was fate, it could be. But he deserved it. He's a credit to the game. I have known him for 20 years and for him to equal the record on the day he scored the goal that wins the title for us is fantastic."

Giggs didn't want to speak about his records.

"That does not come into it," he said. "Championships are what it's about. We knew it would be a tough game, and it was. We did well in the first half and got that first goal. Then it was a case of holding on."

MAN. UNITED 2007-08:
PLAYER (TEAM) GP-G
Wes Brown (England) 36-1
Rio Ferdinand (England)  35-2
Carlos Tevez (Argentina) 34-14
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 34-31
Ryan Giggs (Wales)  32-3
Nemanja Vidic (Serbia) 32-1
Patrice Evra (France) 32-0
Michael Carrick (England) 31-2
Edwin Van der Sar (Netherlands)  29-0
John O'Shea (Ireland) 28-0
Wayne Rooney (England) 27-12
Nani (Portugal) 26-3
Anderson (Brazil) 24-0
Owen Hargreaves (England) 23-2
Paul Scholes (England)  23-1
Louis Saha (France) 17-5
Darren Fletcher (Scotland) 16-0
Park Ji-Song (South Korea) 12-1
Tomasz Kuszczak (Poland) 9-0
Gerard Pique (Spain) 9-0
Christopher Eagles (England) 4-0
Danny Simpson (England)  3-0
Mikael Silvestre (France) 3-0
Ben Foster (England) 1-0
Fraizer Campbell (England) 1-0

ENGLISH LEAGUE TITLES:
18 Liverpool
16 Manchester United
13 Arsenal
9 Everton
7 Aston Villa
7 Sunderland
5  Newcastle United
4 Sheffield Wednesday
3 Huddersfield Town
3 Leeds United
3 Wolves
3 Blackburn Rovers
3 Chelsea
2 Portsmouth
2 Preston North End
2 Burnley
2 Manchester City
2 Tottenham
2 Derby County
1 Sheffield United
1 West Bromwich
1 Nottingham Forest
1 Ipswich Town



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