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Ryan Giggs catches fan stealing Bastian Schweinsteiger's water bottle from players' dugout

Ed Ran
28.53K   //    11 Aug 2015, 12:44 IST
fan steals Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger water bottle
A fan stole Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger’s water bottle that was kept in the players’ dugout at Old Trafford when he made his Premier League debut

Here’s a lesson for football fans; do not attempt to steal the club’s and player’s belongings from right under their noses. One fan at Old Trafford was caught stealing a water bottle from the players’ dugout by none other than Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs. 

Manchester United beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at home in the opening fixture of the 2015/16 Premier League on Saturday, thanks to an own goal by Spurs’ Kyle Walker. And new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger was one of the few players who made his debut for the Red Devils.

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The World Cup winner had come on as a second-half substitute in the 60th minute for Michael Carrick. And before he came on, a fan sitting behind the players’ dugout had taken a photo of the German midfielder as he watched the game unfold.

When Louis van Gaal then replaced the Red Devils vice-captain with the club’s first ever German player, the fan saw his chance to take the water bottle Schweinsteiger had used. The bottle was left behind on the brick ledge of the dugout as Schweinsteiger made his official Premier League debut. 

The fan had taken a sequence of photos and then clicked a photo of the bottle – now in his hands, a possible collector’s item.

But a moment later, the fan must have had his heart in his mouth as he was caught talking the bottle by Ryan Giggs. The Welsh assistant manager was seated behind the players and next to United boss Louis van Gaal, but he saw it all.

The United legend only gave a death stare that must have made the fan wish he’d never even seen the water bottle in the first place! 

Lesson learned. But that stare would hold Giggs in good stead if and when he becomes the manager at the club sometime in the near future. No player would want to make Giggs angry. They wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. Would the silent stare work better than the hair-dryer treatment? It’s not worth taking the risk to find out. 

Until then, this fan has a great story to tell! 

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