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England international was pictured at a fancy dress party he and his girlfriend were hosting

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The striker becomes only the second player to reach landmark with single club

David Moyes looks on during his Manchester United side's victory over Hull City

Hull City 2 Manchester United 3: David Moyes blames slow start on travel issues after lucky escape against Tigers

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Ryan Giggs is still with United at the age of 40. George Best left when he was 27

Ryan Giggs at 40: 'I'll stay in bed' – birthday boy plans to avoid Manchester United pranks

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Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney pictured during the 5-0 victory over Bayern Leverkusen

Ryan Giggs is 'getting better' with age, suggests Manchester United manager David Moyes

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People want us to lose because we have won the league so much

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A Robin van Persie header was enough to give United victory against the Premier League leaders

Michael Carrick looks set to start in place of Frank Lampard when England face Poland

England v Poland: Michael Carrick expected to start in place of Frank Lampard while Chris Smalling also gets the nod - reports

Manchester United midfielder is reportedly set to be handed a recall after training alongside captain Steven Gerrard

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Manager, Roy Hodgson, wants positive start to calm nerves of players and spectators

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