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Ryan Giggs: From teen superstar to elder statesman

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.

Giggs rounds goalkeeper Jon Hallworth in a game against Oldham Athletic on Boxing Day 1991. Credit: PA Wire
Giggs holding his club Player of the Year award from the 1997-98 season. Credit: Bob Collier/EMPICS Sport
The midfielder turning out for Wales against Russia in a European Championship play-off in 2003. Credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport
Giggs and former teammate Rio Ferdinand parade the Premier League and Champions League trophies in 2008. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images
The Welshman turning out against Hull City in his final game at Old Trafford. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

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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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Read: Manchester United name Louis van Gaal as new manager

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Giggs on team selection: 'I didn't sleep last night'

Caretaker manager of Manchester United Ryan Giggs spoke to Sky Sports after his team convincingly beat Norwich City 4-0:

Giggs said: "I was really pleased with the performance and the response of the players. I didn't sleep last night with having to leave the likes of Mata out of the starting eleven and it was really, really tough. I am one of their team-mates so to leave them out was really tough".

Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs watches the match against Norwich Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

"It was really difficult to pick the team but I wanted experienced players because I knew it would be an emotionally charged game and they didn't let me down. I trust them all. All of us have let ourselves down this year and we haven't played to the level we are capable of."

Read more: Ryan Giggs' first game as Man United manager ends in 4-0 win

Norwich manager 'very disappointed' after 4-0 defeat

Norwich City's new manager Neil Adams said the team was "very disappointed" after its 4-0 defeat to Manchester United

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Neil Adams: "We're very disappointed, it goes without saying. We didn't cause them enough problems." #NCFC #MUFC http://t.co/2CeLdMz06L

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The match at Old Trafford was Ryan Gigg's first since he became interim manager of United following David Moyes' exit from the club.

Read a full round up of the match on the ITV Sport website

Rooney: 'Giggsy has all the credentials to be next boss '

Speaking to Sky Sports after the 4-0 over Norwich, Wayne Rooney said: "We have had a tough week and we understand there was a lot of negativity towards us, we are hurt by that and want to put it right - today we have shown that, we have to show that we are a top team.

"He is built to be a manager - Giggsy has all the credentials to be the next boss."

Wayne Rooney celebrates his first goal. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Read more: Ryan Giggs' first game as Man United manager ends in 4-0 win

Winning start for new United boss Ryan Giggs

Manchester United's caretaker manager Ryan Giggs has enjoyed his first day as the new boss, beating Norwich City 4-0 at Old Trafford.

Two goals from Wayne Rooney and two from midfielder Juan Mata helped secure three points for the Manchester club.

Read: Fans show their support for new United boss Giggs

Ryan Giggs takes his seat before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs shouts on the touchline. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
Manchester United's interim manager Ryan Giggs on the touchline Credit: Martin Rickett/PA
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