Some hours ago, Ryan Giggs confirmed that he had parted ways with his boyhood team Manchester United.
Ryan Giggs joined Manchester United as a 14year old on his 14th birthday in 1987 and four years later, he made his first full debut against Manchester City and also scored a goal in that match.
Ryan Giggs served United as player for 27 years during which he made over 1000 first team appearances. He also as interim manager and assistant coach for 2 years summing up to 29 years spent with the English club.
According to skysports.com:
“During his playing career, Giggs won the Premier League title on 13 occasions, four FA Cups, four League Cups, nine Community Shields, a pair of Champions League crowns, a UEFA Super Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup.”
United was ready to offer Giggs a role in the coaching staff of their new boss Jose Mourinho but it was not going to be assistant coach as Rui Faria was set to take that role.
Sky Sports News HQ also reported in June that Giggs wanted very much to become a manger, which he confirmed when he wrote an open letter to supporters on Saturday.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the Welshman’s career was a remarkable one.
“People can judge footballers on many aspects of their game, but to play for Manchester United means there is a competitiveness and intensity in every single game.
“At our club you don’t play friendly games or easy games – each one is a cup final for the team we’re playing against.
“So when you consider that Ryan had to run up and down that left touchline for over 20 years in matches of that intensity, he is truly unique.
“What he managed to do was completely unheard of.
“He became a hugely important figure within the dressing room.
“All the younger players would go to him because he commanded such respect and had such great influence on his team-mates.
“I know that when I used to get Ryan, Scholesy, Gary and Rio Ferdinand in the office and chat to them about clamping down on the dressing room and making sure that everything in there was right, Ryan was the one among them who would be the foremost figure, no doubt about that.
“His place in the history of Manchester United and football is already assured.
“I doubt we’ll ever see a career like his again.”