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In his first words in English since his appointment as Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal said he is "proud" to manage such a big club.
He said: "I am very fine. I am very happy, and also proud that I can be the trainer-coach of such a big club as Manchester United."
Ryan Giggs has called an end to his playing career after 23 years and nearly 1,000 games for Manchester United.
Our photo gallery plots the Welshman's evolution from a fresh-faced teenager terrifying opposing defenders to one of the game's elder statesman.
Ryan Giggs has spoken of mixed emotions as he calls time on a Manchester United playing career that has taken in 963 appearances for the Old Trafford club.
Giggs will now become number two to the club's new manager Louis van Gaal.
In an open letter to fans, the midfielder wrote: "For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions - immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future."
The 40-year-old also paid tribute to United supporters, saying: "To the greatest fans in world football, thank you, I have loved every minute of playing for you and representing the biggest and best club in the world."
Veteran Manchester United midfielder Ryan Gigsg has ended his playing career after being appointed assistant to the club's new manager, Louis Van Gaal.
Giggs has enjoyed a glittering career, making 963 appearances for the Old Trafford club since his debut in 1991, during which time he has won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and four FA Cups.
Louis van Gaal's list of trophies includes:
- Champions League (1995)
- Uefa Cup (1992)
- Eredivisie (1994, 1995, 1996)
- Primera Division (1998, 1999)
- Copa Del Rey (1998)
- UEFA Super Cup (1997)
- Bundesliga (2010)
- DFB-Pokal (2010)
- DFB-Supercup (2010)
Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs has been appointed Louis van Gaal's assistant manager at Manchester United, the club confirmed.
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward said:
Manchester United said Louis van Gaal will become the club's new manager on a three-year contract after this summer's World Cup.