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Man United veteran Ryan Giggs ends playing career

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.

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BREAKING: Ryan Giggs retires from playing. Read the new no.2's open letter to #mufc fans: http://t.co/IMtn2vdt52 http://t.co/Io0mmPISBw

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Read: Manchester United name Louis van Gaal as new manager

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Rio Ferdinand: I would have liked to say goodbye

Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his sadness at not being able to say goodbye properly before his departure from Manchester United.

The veteran defender issued a statement saying: "Circumstances didn't allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked but I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my team-mates, staff, the club and the fans for an unbelievable 12 years that I'll never forget.

Read: Rio Ferdinand to leave Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand to leave Manchester United

Veteran defender Rio Ferdinand will leave Manchester United this summer after 12 years at the club.

Ferdinand's contract had come to an end and the club have opted not to renew the 35-year-old's deal.

Rio Ferdinand showing off his new shirt after signing for Manchester United in 2002. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

He said in a statement: "I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future and, after 12 fantastic years playing for what I regard as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on."

The centre-back joined the Old Trafford outfit for £30m from Leeds United in the summer of 2002, going on to make over 300 appearances.

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