Report - After 29 years, Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester United

SoccerBy Sunday World
Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs

After 29 years of service as a player and coach, Ryan Giggs is reported to have agreed a deal to leave Manchester United.

According to a report on the BBC website, the 42-year-old was unable to find a role under new boss Jose Mourinho that he was happy with.

Despite having one year left on his current deal, Giggs' role as assistant manager will be taken by Rui Faria.

His departure, expected to be announced in the coming days, brings to an end one of the longest relationships in English football.

Giggs joined United aged 14 and made his playing debut for the senior team at just 17.

He would eventually make 963 appearances for the Red Devils.

He was a player coach under David Moyes and was caretaker manager of the club for the final games of the 2013-14 season.

He became assistant to Louis van Gaal when the Dutchman arrived and he kept that role for the last two seasons.

However, when LVG was fired and Mourinho announced as his replacement it was always likely that Giggs would have to either accept a new, more junior, role or move on.