Ryan Giggs told students at the University of Bolton that it was "hard work" that got him through his 20 years playing for Manchester United. The comments came as the Welsh international received an honorary doctorate from the University. He told fellow graduands:
"...if I was going to give you one bit of advice, it would be - whatever field, whatever occupation you go into - that that is the main thing; work hard. And of course, try to enjoy it."
Former Wales and Manchester United player Ryan Giggs has received an Honorary Doctor of Science for Outstanding Contribution to Sport from the University of Bolton.
Ryan Giggs has won plenty of accolades in the world of football.
Today he's getting an award from academia.
Giggs retired at the end of last season to become part of the new management team at Old Trafford.
Today he'll receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton for his contribution to sport.
There's speculation about Ryan Giggs' role at Manchester United with manager David Moyes reportedly set to leave the club.
If Moyes' 10-month reign is brought to an end on Tuesday, there will be no shortage of takers for the position.
Jurgen Klopp, Laurent Blanc and Louis van Gaal have the credentials to succeed.
But perhaps a more popular choice would be to install the former Wales star Ryan Giggs, who is part of Moyes' backroom staff having started taking his coaching badges earlier this season.
There is a perception among United fans that Giggs, perhaps along with Paul Scholes or Nicky Butt, could restore some pride and passion to the United dressing room.
United have insisted that Moyes is still their manager, but have refused to deny widespread reports the Scot is to be dismissed.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup said his side's win against Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup at Old Trafford was "impressive", but admitted they "had a bit of luck" in securing a 90th minute winner against the Premier League champions.
"It's one of the great stadiums, not only here but in world football, so to win here is impressive, especially after being without the win for some games," he told BT Sport.
"We had a bit of luck in the sense that we scored a very late winner. When you play teams like Man United, Man City, Chelsea... you have to perform very well. You know they will create four or five good chances. I didn't see those four or five chances from Man Utd.
"I always sat out there with a feeling that we had a possibility.
'I don't fancy replays with the fixtures we have, so it was great to see that finishing.
"When they got the man (Fabio Da Silva) sent off, we played with two strikers to see if we could get the winner in the last 8-10 minutes and we did."
A late header from Wilfried Bony gave Swansea City their first ever win at Old Trafford, knocking Manchester United out of the FA Cup in the process.
Wayne Routledge put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute, before Javier Hernandez equalised just four minutes later.
Bony's winner in the 90th minute means Swansea will play either Birmingham, Bristol Rovers of Crawley in the fourth round.
Swansea City will travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United this afternoon, in the third-round of the FA Cup.
Winger Pablo Hernandez has been ruled out of today's match with a hamstring injury. He'll join Michu, Michel Vorm and Nathan Dyer on the sidelines.
Kick off is at 4.30 pm.
You can watch all the match highlights on ITV at 10.45 pm.