Where is Ryan Giggs now?
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs finally hung up his boots in May 2014 after a glittering 24-year playing career.
During his time at Old Trafford he made 963 first team appearances and amassed an incredible 35 winners medals including 13 Premier League titles and two UEFA Champions League trophies.
He also won the FA Cup on four occasions, the League Cup three times as well as the UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
An important member of the Wales national side he played for his country for 16 years winning 64 caps and scoring 12 goals. He also captained the Great Britain national side for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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Whilst still a registered player, Giggs started the 2013-14 season as one of new manager David Moyes’ coaching staff combining the role with his playing duties.
When Moyes was sacked, he stepped in as caretaker manager for the remaining four games admitting afterwards that he broke down in tears at the end of the season due to the pressure of the role and the lack of sleep he was getting.
When Louis Van Gaal was announced as the club’s new manager in May 2014, Giggs was appointed as his assistant manager.
The pair took a United side in the midst of a transitional stage to a fourth place finish in their first year and a fifth place finish in their second year.
Despite winning the FA Cup final in 2016, Van Gaal was sacked shortly after and Giggs left upon the appointment of incoming manager Jose Mourinho which ended a 29-year association with the club.
He later stated that the reason he left Old Trafford was because he felt that is was time for a new chapter and a new challenge in his life.
Away from the pitch, he co-owns Salford City FC with some of the ‘Class of 92’ and is also a partner with Gary Neville in the successful Cafe Football in London and Hotel Football in Manchester. The group also own the UA92 University.
In January 2018, Giggs was appointed in his current role as the Wales national team manager on a four-year contract succeeding Chris Coleman who had left the post to join Sunderland.
He had been a long-time target for the FAW (Football Association of Wales) but the decision to appoint him was met with mixed opinions with some Welsh fans accusing him of lacking commitment given his absence of playing friendlies during his international career.
Away from football management he has also worked as a pundit and match analyst for a number of television networks including ITV and Sky Sports.
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Ryan Giggs: Premier League Statistics
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