MAN UNITED VETERAN RYAN GIGGS RETIRES
By: Njabulo Ndlovu
Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs has retired from football after playing for 23 years at Old Trafford to become Louis Van Gaal’s assistant manager.
The 40-year-old served as United’s interim manager for the final four games of last season after the sacking of David Moyes.
Giggs made his debut for Red Devils against Everton in March 1991. Little did he know that he still had 962 more matches to play for the club.
The Welshman – who played 64 times for Wales – revealed his decision to hang up his boots in an open letter to the club’s fans
“Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre,” wrote Giggs.
“His credentials are second to none and I’m positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years. I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistance manager of Manchester United.I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have represented the biggest club in the world 963 times and Wales 64 times.”
Former club manager, Sir Alex Ferguson saluted Giggs’ fantastic career on United’s official website.
“What a fantastic career, the number of games you have played, the trophies you have won, the help you have given young people and help you given me and all the coaching staff.” Said Ferguson.
Former Giggs teammates, David Beckham and Garry Neville paid tribute to the one of the most decorated player in the world..
“Amazing servant to Manchester United. We are all proud of you. Manchester fans love you,” Beckham said. Nevulle said, “Well done for everything you have achieved at the club. It is wonderful what you have done and I don’t think your achievements will ever be surpassed.”
Giggs who was born in Cardiff, Wales has lived to become the most decorated player in English football history and holds the record of most competitive appearances for the Red Devils.
Giggs has won 22 medals in his 23 years, 13 in Premier League, 4 in FA Cup, 3 in League Cup and 2 Champions League. In total he has won 34 trophies at Old Trafford.