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."
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