Since the inception of the Premier League in the 1992-93 season, Manchester United have been crowned champions an incredible 12 times. Therefore, it certainly isn't a surprise to see the club dominate the 20-year anniversary awards. Ryan Giggs has been voted the greatest player of the Premier League era -- his competition included other greats such as Dennis Bergkamp, Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry, Roy Keane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Shearer, Patrick Vieira, and Gianfranco Zola. The Welshman has played in every single Premier League season and he's the only player to have scored in each of those seasons. Here is what the United legend had to say tonight at the awards dinner in London:
"Everything’s bigger and better now. Each season the Premier League has got more exciting, with better players and better facilities. It’s just a joy to be part of it, to see it right from the start to what it is now."
- Giggs | Source: Sky Sports
As expected, Sir Alex Ferguson has been voted the greatest manager. Here's what Giggsy had to say about the gaffer:
"He’s the biggest influence on my career. I’ve known him since I was 13. He knew my name, my parents’ names and the little details had a big impression on me. It’s the personal touch that sets him apart from anybody else."
Here's what Chief Executive David Gill had to say about both Giggs and Sir Alex:
"It's a fantastic double. This is testament to what the club has achieved over the last 20 years."
In addition to these individual awards, a fan's best XI and an expert's best XI were named too. Six United players were voted into the fan's team:
Fan's best XI: Peter Schmeichel; Gary Neville, Tony Adams, Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Cole; Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs; Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer
Seven United players were named into the expert's team:
Expert's best XI: Peter Schmeichel; Gary Neville, Tony Adams, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole; Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs; Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer.