Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year stay at Manchester United by agreeing a settlement with the Old Trafford club. United are expected to release an official statement in the coming days. Giggs, 42, had a year remaining on his contract as assistant manager but new boss Jose Mourinho intends to fill that role with long-time friend Rui Faria. Unable to reach agreement over another role at the Premier League club, Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances for United, has decided to move on.
Cardiff-born Giggs has passed all his coaching badges and has never made any secret of his desire to move into management. Linked with Swansea last season, he felt he was ready to manage United, having served his apprenticeship under David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal. But he was known to be less than impressed with how Van Gaal’s exit was handled by United, when news of the Dutchman’s sacking emerged moments after the club’s FA Cup final success.
Giggs was also disappointed to be overlooked in favour of former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Mourinho, whose appointment was confirmed in May. Giggs joined the United Academy on his 14th birthday, turning professional aged 17 in November 1990 and making his first-team debut against Everton on 2 March, 1991.