Where is Ryan Giggs now?
Ryan Giggs called time on a glittering 24-year playing career with Manchester United in May 2014 when he finally hung up his boots.
During his time at Old Trafford Giggs 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.
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 after a terrible season by the club’s standards, Giggs stepped in as caretaker manager for the remaining four games, winning two, drawing one and losing one.
At the end of the season Giggs admitted he broke down in tears due to the pressure of the role and the lack of sleep he was getting.
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When Louis Van Gaal was announced as Manchester United’s new manager in May 2014, the club appointed Giggs 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.
Along with his ‘Class of 92’ team-mates, Giggs will be opening a university in 2019 called UA92 which is backed by Lancaster University and Trafford council.
Th institution will aim to attract students who otherwise might not go on to higher education and plans to offer “broader courses than traditional degrees, designed to enhance life skills as well as employability”.
In October 2015 Ryan Giggs, along with Gary Neville, was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame, according to their website, ‘aims to celebrate and highlight the achievements of the all-time top talents to grace the game in England’.
In June 2016, Giggs made his debut as a pundit and match analyst for ITV’s coverage of Euro 2016 and has since gone onto make a number of appearances across the television networks.
Giggs made a brief return to football in July 2016 to play in the inaugural 10 day Indian Premier Futsal league as one of their marquee players.
His Mumbai 5’s team did exceptionally well and won the tournament on penalties, adding another trophy to his already bulging trophy cabinet.
In January 2018, Giggs was appointed as the Wales national team manager on a four-year contract succeeding Chris Coleman who had left the post to join Sunderland.
Giggs 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.
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Ryan Giggs: Premier League Statistics
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