David Beckham surprised that Ryan Giggs has retired

Former Manchester United winger David Beckham has expressed that he is surprised that his former team-mate and friend, Ryan Giggs has decided to hang up his boots for good, taking up the number two role, under new management from Louis van Gaal.

Speaking with Sky Sports, David Beckham said:

“I’m surprised he’s retired because he was still playing great. Physically he’s still in great condition, to play for so many years at the top level you have to be in great condition.

“Now he has a new role at the club and it was great to see him walk out as Manchester United manager for those four games.

“When you’ve got someone like Giggsy, who all the players respect and all the fans love, it makes a huge difference.

“His role now has totally changed and I’m sure he will find it an easy transition because he takes things in his stride, he’s not affected by anything.

“He knows the club better than most people who are at Manchester United now.”

David Beckham also admitted that he got a tad emotional towards the end of last season, as all his former team-mates were on the bench at Old Trafford, taking charge of Manchester United as Ryan Giggs completed his 4 game interim management.

Beckham added:

“When I saw them all sat on the bench it was an amazing sight and it was one that made me emotional – I’ve spent my whole career with these lads.”

It was the start of a new era for Manchester United on Monday, as they announced the arrival of their new manager Louis van Gaal. After a lacklustre season under David Moyes, finishing 7th in the Barclays Premier League, the club are now looking forward to a new season, with new players and higher targets. Beckham is also excited for the new season as a fan.

“He has got a history of working with young players, bringing players through academy systems at places like Ajax.” he added.

“That can only be great for Manchester United.

“As a Manchester United fan and for Manchester United as a club, to have someone like this with his pedigree – he has worked with some of the biggest and best players in the world.”