Wednesday 11 December 2019

Is Ryan Giggs finally ready to call time on his 24-year Manchester United career?

Matt Woosnam

Ryan Giggs could be set to end his 24-year professional career with Manchester United at the end of the season and may even decide to cut all ties with the club by calling time on his coaching role.

The Welsh midfielder, who signed his first professional contract in November 1990 on his 17th birthday, has spent his entire career at Old Trafford; lighting up the Premier League in the process. Giggs has earned himself legendary status amongst the Manchester United support for his superb contributions and loyalty to the Red Devils’ success. However, it is believed that the wing wizard is considering whether to retire at the end of the current campaign after becoming disenchanted with his lack of game time this season under new boss David Moyes.

In the build-up to Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg clash with Bayern Munich, Giggs played down rumours of a rift between himself and United boss Moyes; but when asked if he planned to take over from the Scot as manager United’s press officer stepped in and blocked the question before he could answer.

Giggs has become a peripheral figure on the pitch since the appointment of Moyes last year and the Welshman is apparently unhappy at the lack of action he has seen this season under only his second manager since joining the club. After making 12 Premier League starts last season, Giggs has seen his action halved this campaign, having only started six games for United.

Now it appears that he is ready to depart Old Trafford and bring down the curtain on a glittering career which has seen him amass a stunning 35 winners’ medals, winning every honour possible in the game since his debut on 2 March 1991. His honours include 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League victories.

Not only is the Welshman prepared to end his playing career but he also plans to leave the club completely by leaving the coaching role he was appointed to in one of Moyes’ first moves at Red Devils boss. Nonetheless, Giggs is not ending his coaching career prematurely, and will look to prove himself elsewhere following the completion of his coaching badges.

If Giggs does indeed leave then it will be a bitter blow to Manchester United bosses, who many believed were preparing the 40-year-old for the managerial hot seat at Old Trafford in the future.

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