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Reaction to Ryan Giggs retirement news

ITV Granada Reports viewers have been getting in touch with us with their reaction to the news Ryan Giggs is retiring as a professional footballer.

Here is just a selection of your comments:

Dedication to one club priceless

– Dave Lightfood

A United legend...a truly talented player who will go down as one of united's best ever!

– Julie Sweeney

Speaking as a Tottenham fan, I think it can be safely said that Giggsy has been the best player of the last twenty years. My abiding memory of him-and this will no doubt be agreed on by United fans-was when he took on the fabled back four of Arsenal in that semi final at Villa Park in 1999.

– Mark O'Neill

Giggs: A special thanks to my friends and family

"My dream was always to play for Man United, and although it saddens me to know I won’t be pulling on a United jersey again as a player, I have been lucky enough to have fulfilled that dream.

" [I have played] with some of the best players in the world, working under an incredible manager in Sir Alex Ferguson, and most of all, playing for the greatest fans in world football.

I want to also give a huge thanks to the backroom staff [...] I would not have achieved the success I have without your continuing dedication.

"I would not have won 34 trophies in my career without you. I would also like to say a special thanks to my friends and family for all your love and support."

Giggs: "To the greatest fans in world football, thank you"

Ryan Giggs Credit: PA

Ryan Giggs has announced his retirement from professional football.

In an open letter, he said:

"Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre. His credentials are second to none and I’m positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years."

"I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have represented the biggest club in the world 963 times and Wales 64 times.

Giggs's open letter Credit: Manchester United

"For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions - immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future.

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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Rooney doubt for United

Striker Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for Manchester United's match against Sunderland as he is ill and also has a tight groin.

Fellow striker Robin van Persie will be assessed to see whether he has recovered from the knee injury which has sidelined him since March.

Goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard and defender Rafael are doubts while interim player-manager Ryan Giggs has said he is unlikely to name himself in the match day squad.

Ryan Giggs is refusing to contemplate how his future might unfold beyond the end of the season.

Speculation is mounting that Manchester United will appoint Louis van Gaal as their new manager next week after holding talks with the Holland coach this week.

Whether Giggs stays on as part of the Dutchman's staff remains to be seen.

Giggs could be the 'next Guardiola' - says Manchester United reserve 'keeper

Anders Lindegaard Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester United reserve goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has thrown his support behind interim manager Ryan Giggs and claimed the Welshman could be the next Pep Guardiola.

Holland boss Louis van Gaal is the front runner to succeed David Moyes as United manager but Lindegaard compared Giggs not only to Bayern Munich boss Guardiola, the former Barcelona coach, but also to Sir Alex Ferguson.

He told BBC Sport: "It might sound pretty rash and naive, but, in my opinion, we are dealing with a new Guardiola.

"What we have seen in the first week has been more than convincing.

"The similarities with Sir Alex Ferguson are striking and it is evident that Ryan Giggs has learned from one of history's most respected football managers."

He added: "Some would question whether you can go from being a team-mate one day to a manager the next. Normally I would have reservations as well, but, in the case of Giggs, it is different.

"His latest speech, before the team went onto the pitch for the Norwich game, made my hairs stand on end in a way that I have only ever experienced from Sir Alex Ferguson: Do not disappoint the fans!"

Giggs' chances look remote even though sources close to the club insist Van Gaal is only one of several names on a shortlist.

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