Ex-Man Utd ace who was subbed off for player-manager in only ever appearance went on to play in Europe

A MANCHESTER UNITED youth product who played just one senior game for the club has gone on to play in Europe.

Tom Lawrence, now 29, came through the Red Devils Academy and made his debut in a 3-1 over Hull in 2014.

AlamyTom Lawrence starred in Champions League qualifiers for Rangers’ last year[/caption]

GettyLawrence played just one senior game for Manchester United[/caption]

Getty Images – GettyHe was subbed off for Ryan Giggs last-ever appearance in a Man Utd shirt[/caption]

However, his sole appearance is perhaps better remembered for another reason – Ryan Giggs‘ last-ever game for the club.

Giggs had taken over at Man Utd on an interim basis after the sacking of David Moyes.

The Welshman was still a player that season, and took on a rarely-seen player-manager role at the club.

He then brought himself on after 70 minutes in place of Lawrence during the game against Hull.

Despite this, the then 20-year-old was in a jubilant mood, tweeting afterwards: “Wow what a feeling that was tonight and loved every minute of it!

“Coming off too be replaced by a legend like giggs #whatafeeling.”

Despite an impressive debut, Lawrence would fail to make his breakthrough and was sold to Leicester in 2014.

The winger went on to star for the Foxes in the Premier League alongside a string of loan spells to Championship clubs before Derby picked Lawrence up permanently in 2017.


With the Rams Lawrence enjoyed the most productive spell of his career, netting 37 goals and adding 25 assists in 185 games.

Scottish giants Rangers then came calling in 2022, with Lawrence heading to Ibrox stadium in a free transfer.

Since arriving in Scotland, he has starred for Gers in Europe.

Lawrence played in four Champions League qualifying matches last season before suffering a 10-month injury lay-off.

This season saw him play in Rangers’ Europa League group stage opener against Real Betis before limping off in a blow to Michael Beale, who is already without Todd Cantwell and Nico Raskin.

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