Reports suggesting the former Manchester United Legend and assistant manager, Ryan Giggs, is all set to leave after 29 years at the club. Giggs, 42, had a year remaining on his contract after he was appointed by Louis Van Gaal as his assistant in 2014. Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances for Manchester United, has decided to move on from his job by agreeing to a settlement with the club. An official statement from the club is expected to be released soon.
After Sir Alex Ferguson departure in 2013, the former Welsh international made his appearance for the club, becoming the first player-coach prior to the 2013/2014 campaign. Soon after the dismissal of Moyes in under just a season, he took control of the first team for the final four games (W 2, D 1, L 1) as an interim manager with a home encounter with Norwich city the following Saturday, his first match in charge.
Giggs joined the United academy on his 14th birthday, and at just 17, he made his first United debut against Everton on March 2, 1991. Thrilled with his pace and dribbling ability, Ferguson was soon assured of the quality of this man as he was quickly dubbed the “new George Best.” He never looked back afterward and went on to become one of United’s most decorated players of all time.
George Best: "Maybe one day people will say I was another Ryan Giggs." #MUFC— Manchester United (@UTDWorldwide) July 1, 2016
During his illustrious career, he has won record 13 Premier League titles, 2 Champions Leagues, 4 FA cups, 3 League cups, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, making him the most decorated player ever to play British Football. On the Welsh side, he earned 64 caps between 1991 and 2007, but he never played in a major tournament. He was decorated with the honor of “Best Player” at the Premier League’s 20 seasons award.
Following the arrival of the Dutchman, he continued as an assistant manager where he won the club’s first FA cup after decades. With the club unable to make into the Champions League spot, Louis Van Gaal was sacked, and Jose Mourinho was appointed. He felt it was time to manage United after having served his time under Moyes and Van Gaal. He was disappointed to be overlooked in favor of the former Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho, who is intended to assign the role of assistant manager to this old time friend, Rui Faria.
With his roles looking uncertain after Mourinho’s arrival, Giggsy has made his way through to leave the club and made no further decision about what he is going to do next. Cardiff-born, he has his UEFA Pro License, which is a mandatory qualification for managing in the Premier league. After having been linked with Swansea last season, he thought of leading United this time.
With the club unable to come to an agreement for his new role, the Welshman is all set for his United exit as he has never been prioritized by the United board. As of concern, United is seeking title glory ahead of longevity and long-term planning. Reports from last year suggested that Ryan Giggs was particularly unhappy with the former manager and criticized his dull style of play which broke the United legacy of attacking football.
Current Welsh manager Chris Coleman believes stepping out from his comfort zone could benefit him, and allow Giggs to prove his worth as a manager. Former United goalkeeper and teammate, Peter Schmeichel, said he should learn the trade of management at another club.
For the first time, as the club is paving a new way under Jose Mourinho, it appears United will be without their most loyal and decorated player after almost 30 years. Fans all over the globe are bidding him farewell as one of United’s favorite son’s heads for the exit. It will be hard to imagine Manchester United without Ryan Giggs. Thank you for the thrills and the memories, Ryan.
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