Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year stay the club by agreeing a settlement following the arrival of Jose Mourinho.
United released an official statement today to announce the legendary former winger’s exit.
Ryan Giggs is United’s assistant manager
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 has decided to leave the club he has been at since age 14.
Giggs made a record 963 appearances for United and has passed all his coaching badges and has never made any secret of his desire to move into management.
Giggs leaves the club a bitter man given 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.
The former Wales man won a record 13 league titles, two European Cups, four FA Cups and four League Cups to become the most decorated British player of all time.
He became a player-coach following the arrival of Moyes as manager in 2013, taking control of the first team for the final four games of the season after the Scot’s dismissal.
Giggs was then appointed as assistant-manager by Van Gaal in 2014.
It is believed that Ryan Giggs was largely responsible for promoting 18-year-old England striker Marcus Rashford to the first team last season.