Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year stay at Manchester United by agreeing to a settlement with the Old Trafford club. United are expected to release an official statement in the coming days.
Giggs 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.
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. He 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, BBC Sports reports.