Ryan Giggs breaks Champions League appearance record

Donetsk (Ukraine): Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs broke the Champions League appearance record when he came on as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 Group A draw at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

It was the 39-year-old Welsh midfielder`s 145th game in Europe`s premier club competition (including qualifiers) and took him past former Real Madrid striker Raul.

"It`s fantastic," United manager David Moyes told Sky Sports television. "I was telling him before the game he was going to come on off the bench.

"What a record, and I`ve got to say, what a player."

Giggs, who is also now part of United`s coaching staff, won the competition with United in 1998-99 and 2007-08 and also has 13 league titles to his name.

He has made over 900 appearances for the club.