Manchester United confirm Giggs departure

Sat Jul 2, 2016 9:33am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Ryan Giggs is leaving Manchester United after 29 years at Old Trafford, the Premier League club said on Saturday.

The 42-year-Welshman played 963 games for United, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues in a glittering career before hanging up his boots in 2014.

He worked in coaching roles with managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal after Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 but decided not to seek a role alongside Jose Mourinho who took over the top job in May.

"After 29 seasons at Manchester United as a player and assistant manager, I know winning is in the DNA of this club - giving youth a chance, and playing attacking and exciting football," Giggs said in a club statement.

"It’s healthy to have high expectations, it’s right to expect to win. Manchester United expects, deserves, nothing less," he added.

“This is why it is a huge decision for me to step away from the club that has been my life since the age of 14. It has not been a decision that I have made lightly.

“However, the time feels right and although I have no immediate plans to step into management, it is where I want to be."

Giggs congratulated Portuguese Mourinho on his appointment.

"There are only a handful of proven winners at the very highest level and Jose is unquestionably one of them," he said.   Continued...

 
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