After an association with the club that has lasted almost three decades, Ryan Giggs is to leave Manchester United in the coming days.
The BBC have reported that a compensation package has been agreed between the assistant manager and the club, and he will formalise his departure possibly as soon as today.
He served as number two to Louis van Gaal upon the Dutchman’s appointment in 2014, and though he was offered a role to be part of José Mourinho’s backroom staff, it would have been a demotion of sorts as Rui Faria has been lined up to be Mourinho’s right hand man.
Therefore, he is leaving Old Trafford, probably in the pursuit of a management position as soon as possible.
Though Manchester United are yet to comment on the matter, an official statement will be forthcoming within the next day or so – bringing an end to one of the most successful relationships in the history of football.
Understandably, social media has been ablaze with tributes to the man who has won just about everything there is to win at the club where he made his name.
— The Man Utd Way (@themanutdway) July 1, 2016
— FourFourTwo (@FourFourTwo) July 1, 2016
If theres a photo which sums up Ryan Giggs, this is it pic.twitter.com/NMlZbHcJsF
— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) July 1, 2016
29 years ?
963 games ⚽️
35 major honours ?
Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs is leaving the club. What a servant ?pic.twitter.com/fHw87DyK9g
— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) July 1, 2016
Ryan Giggs officially leaves Manchester United:
– 963 Games
– 35 Trophies
– 29 Years
– 1 Club Legend pic.twitter.com/BEHqcn3tFR
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) July 1, 2016
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 1, 2016
Ryan Giggs. The man has won as many premier leagues as Arsenal football clubs entire history. What a man
— Touchline Fracas (@touchlinefracas) July 1, 2016
— Manchester United (@ManUtdUpdates_) July 1, 2016
Giggs is an all time great and one of very few one club players. Without question one of @ManUtd best ever players
— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) July 1, 2016
Legend. Hopefully Giggs is a success and we’ll see him as #MUFC manager when the time is right. The next chapter awaits.
— StrettyNews.com (@StrettyNews) July 1, 2016