Meaningless home finale? Man Utd 18-year-old scores 2 on debut, Giggs plays himself
Manchester United had absolutely nothing for which to play against FA Cup finalist Hull City on Tuesday, its home finale of a lost season that will result in no silverware, no places in Europe next season and one famously fired manager. That didn't mean that Old Trafford couldn't become a Theater of Dreams (of sorts) for one last day.
James Wilson, an 18-year-old forward, scored twice on his first-team debut; Inter Milan-bound captain Nemanja Vidic played what was likely his final match at the storied venue (at least as a member of Manchester United); and interim manager Ryan Giggs put himself in the game for a final 20-minute cameo, helping set up Robin van Persie for a goal before nearly finding the back of the next on a last-minute free kick of his own.
The Red Devils came through with a 3-1 victory, giving fans who have endured a mostly miserable campaign otherwise something to cheer about. Giggs then took the microphone on the field following the match to publicly salute Vidic and implore fans to keep supporting the club, which has been "spoiled" at times with success. If it was Giggs' last act at Old Trafford as a player and/or manager -- rampant reports have Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal taking over on a permanent basis after the World Cup -- it was quite a memorable one.
Watch the pertinent scenes below:
18-YEAR-OLD WILSON SCORES TWO
GIGGS SUBS HIMSELF