Manchester United announced the arrival of Louis van Gaal as their new manager on Monday, finally! But on the same day a club legend had made the decision to hang up his boots to move up to assistant manager for the foreseeable future, that player was none other than Ryan Giggs.
Giggs, 40-years-old, had made a club record 963 appearances for Manchester United and also played 64 International matches for Wales. During his playing career, Giggs won the league 13 times, 4 FA Cups and 2 Champions Leagues, among 34 trophies in total.
Here is his open letter which was released on Manchester United’s official website on Monday:
As you can tell from the open letter, Giggs is very much thankful for all that has happened during his career at Manchester United and the fans are even more thankful. If you have to point to one moment in his career that stands out, for us it is the 1999 semi-final at Villa Park. A loose ball in midfield from Patrick Viera, finding it’s way to Ryan Giggs who picks it up in his own half, running the full length of the pitch winding through the Arsenal defence to score the goal that sent Manchester United into the final and on their way to the record treble of 1999.
What a player.
Here is to the future of possible main manager at Manchester United one day.