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Giggs 'filled with emotions' after end of playing career

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.

Read: Manchester United name Louis van Gaal as new manager

Ryan Giggs made his United debut in 1991 and went on to make 963 appearances for the club. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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."

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

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