‘Somebody kick him’ – Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Seaman reveals thoughts before Ryan Giggs scored FA Cup semi-final goal for Man United


‘Somebody kick him’ – Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Seaman reveals thoughts before Ryan Giggs scored FA Cup semi-final goal for Man United

It has been 20 years since one of the iconic moments in FA Cup history happened.

At Villa Park on 14 April, Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs scored the goal of his life in the semi-final replay against Arsenal.

Giggs ran through the heart of the Gunners’ midfield and defence before smashing the ball beyond David Seaman to give United a 2-1 extra-time win in a pulsating affair.

Ryan Giggs went past numerous Arsenal players before firing the ball into the roof of the net

David Beckham’s wonderful curling effort gave United the lead before Dennis Bergkamp replied for the Gunners.

United then had Roy Keane sent off and were on the brink of exit when Arsenal were awarded a penalty late on.

But Peter Schmeichel was equal to Bergkamp’s spot-kick and in the second period of extra-time Giggs produced his moment of magic to send the Red Devils to the final en route to their famous treble-winning campaign of the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League.

United went on to win the FA Cup as well as the Premier League and Champions League that season

And while everyone marvelled at Giggs’ brilliance, it’s fair to say Seaman wasn’t!

Speaking to former United striker Andy Cole on talkSPORT’s Re:United series in August, the former goalkeeper said: “I was thinking ‘somebody kick him’… and then he got into the area and them I’m like, ‘don’t kick him, don’t kick him!

“And then he smashed it so hard. I was moving for the ball coming out!