Giggs ‘had fight’ with Man Utd chairman’s son on night they won Champions League

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It's arguably the most memorable night in the rich history of Manchester United.

With the treble on the line, Sir Alex Ferguson's legendary side were staring down the barrel of Champions League heartbreak.

Mario Basler's first-half free kick had give Bayern Munich and heading into stoppage time, it looked like a lead the Germans wouldn't relinquish.

"Can Manchester United score? They always score."

Clive Tyldesley's famous words preempted the moment that Ryan Giggs' scuffed shot fell into the path of Teddy Sheringham to put them level and spark scenes of wild celebration.

But of course, more was to come when now manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won it all with almost the last kick of the game.

It's a night few football fans, regardless of allegiances will ever forget. But perhaps those with the foggiest memories are the ones that put it all on the line at the Camp Nou.

Following the win, those drinking shorts, which included Giggs, exclusively drank trebles to commemorate their historic achievement.

The Welshman was said to be on Jack Daniel's all night as Ferguson's fledglings enjoyed the nightlife of Barcelona with euphoric United supporters.

Giggs admitted he was frustrated before the game, believing Fergie should have played him centrally in Roy Keane and Paul Scholes' absence, rather than David Beckham.

And it wasn't the first time his temper was lost, with an alcohol-fuelled scuffle with United chairman Michael Edwards' son ending the night.

James was said to have insulted the night's entertainment, before his mother defended them, only to be told to 'shut up' by Edwards' son.

“We were rolling on the floor, punching each other, with Butty joining in,” Giggs explained in his autobiography.

Giggs “went berserk” and recalled. “I ended up with a broken nose, my clothes covered in blood and as bad a hangover as I’ve ever had.

“I thought he was an ordinary punter. It turned out to be James Edwards, the son of the chairman.”

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  • Man United defender David May, who missed the final gave his own memories of the situation, suggesting it was definitely Giggs that came out on top.

    “The lads joked about it. I didn't kick a ball in Europe all season, so the medal doesn't mean anything to me,” May told Mail Sport.

    “The party afterwards was a brilliant night. Simon Le Bon couldn't get in and Ryan Giggs had a fight with Martin Edwards' son and sparked him.

    “I could relive that night every other night for the rest of my life.”

    Martin was subsequently door-stepped by reporters for more information, only to shrug off the incident. “I can’t. I’m late for my squash match.”

    The full truth may never come to light, but either way, the infamous ending to the night was just as dramatic as the events that preceded it.

    • Champions League
    • Manchester United FC
    • Ryan Giggs

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