Giggs faces Silva in last 16 of World Cup of Premier League greats

The Premier League has been littered with big rivalries that have somewhat defined England's top flight since its inception in the current form back in 1992.

And none bigger than the Manchester derby.

It was a regularly lopsided affair in the early days but the injection of Sheikh Mansour's funds into the blue half of the city – and players such as David Silva – have seen City jump ahead of their fierce rivals.

The one constant? Ryan Giggs. Well, up until his retirement in 2014.

It's Giggs against Silva in the last 16 of our World Cup of Premier League greats. Read about each of them below and cast your vote in the poll at the bottom. You have until 10pm!

Ryan Giggs

Every fan loves a one-club player and few are more iconic than Giggs.

Arguably one of the Premier League’s first superstars, featuring in its earliest seasons, the Welshman played a key role in United’s great teams under Sir Alex Ferguson and is one of the most decorated stars England's top tier has seen.

Giggs currently holds the Red Devils’ record for most appearances and was heavily involved in all 13 of their title triumphs before his retirement in 2014 while also winning the Champions League twice, FA Cup four times and League Cup on three occasions.

The winger recorded 109 goals and 162 assists in 632 Premier League games, with Gareth Barry the only player to feature in more matches in the competition.

David Silva

The greatest player in the history of Manchester City? It would take a brave man to argue otherwise.

Silva arrived at the Etihad in 2010 and won the FA Cup in his first season – City's first major trophy since the League Cup in 1976.

A first league title since 1968 followed in the next season – the first of four he would win in a blue shirt – alongside another FA Cup and five League Cups.

In all, Silva has played 301 times in the Premier League for City across 10 seasons, scoring 54 goals from midfield.

This season – if and when it ever ends – will be his last with the Blues, but his name will go down in club – and Premier League – folklore.

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