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David Beckham And Ryan Giggs Both Took A Free-Kick At The EXACT Same Time In 2001

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David Beckham And Ryan Giggs Both Took A Free-Kick At The EXACT Same Time In 2001

David Beckham and Ryan Giggs both whipped in their fair share of set-pieces during their time at Manchester United but a lesser known fact is that the legendary pair once took one at the exact same time.

It happened in a 1-1 draw away Aston Villa back in August 2001, with Beckham and Giggs deciding to conjure up something out of the ordinary.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Two or more players standing over the ball is pretty standard in dead-ball situations, but one normally fakes or dummies to shoot before the other strikes the ball.

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This time, however, both players lined up to hit it and then proceeded to do exactly that at the same time in a truly unique free-kick routine.


It wasn't far off from working a treat, as former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel had to pull off a fine save in the Villa goal before Roy Keane fouled the big Dane and put him on his backside.

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Villa were leading through a strike from Darius Vassell but United scored a late leveller when Alpay Ozalan put through his own net in the 90th minute.

Years later, Giggs said the routine was completely accidental but he would have definitely claimed the goal if it went in.

"I honestly do not know what happened," Giggs told Manchester United's official club podcast.

"I can’t remember if we both said 'you have it', which was highly unlikely if it was Becks or if I just thought I’m gonna have it, I honestly don’t know.

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"It was an unbelievable strike, it was going top corner. It would have been my goal for a start because I’m older. I would have claimed it most definitely. 

"We would have both gone off celebrating, Becks would 100 per cent. 

"We just laughed at the end of it but it was weird and I haven’t got an explanation for it, Becks might have. 

"I can’t remember if one of us said we’ll run over it, I honestly do not know. It was an accident."

Featured Image Credit: Image: Premier League

Topics: David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Manchester United

Josh Lawless
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