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A Ryan Giggs Premier League record under threat

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is set to have one of his Premier League records broken this season.

The Welsh wizard made his United debut back in 1991 before the Premier League was founded, going on to play 23 consecutive seasons with us, scoring in a record 21 consecutive Premier League seasons.

In all, Giggs made a total of 632 Premier League appearances and a total of 963 appearances in all competitions for us.

However, the transfer of Gareth Barry from Everton to West Bromwich Albion yesterday means that one of Giggs’ all-time Premier League records is set to be broken this season.

The 36-year-old is only four appearances behind Giggs’ appearance record in the Premier League and with 37 games to go this season only a career-ending injury is going to prevent that.

Barry had found himself in the backup role to Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin at Goodison Park, not featuring in their 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday.  Tony Pulis brings him to the Hawthorns as a replacement for former-United midfielder Darren Fletcher, who left for Stoke earlier this summer.

The Baggies started three central midfielders in their 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday – Claudio Yacob, Jake Livermore and 19-year-old Sam Field.  Field was taken off for 17-year-old Rekeem Harper in the second half.  Harper being the second player born this millennium to ever play in the Premier League after our very own Angel Gomes last May.

This was seemingly a position Pulis wanted to add experience to and has now done so with the acquisition of Barry.  It’s just a matter of time before the former-England international matches and breaks Giggs’ record.

One thing Gareth Barry certainly won’t be taking away from Ryan Giggs are his 13 Premier League winners’ medals…