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Giggs calls time on playing career

Manchester, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Hours after being tabbed as Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal's top assistant, Red Devils legend Ryan Giggs announced his retirement from the playing ranks.

Giggs, a Wales international, hangs up his boots after a spectacular 24-year career with United. He appeared in 963 matches for the club and scored 168 goals while helping United win 13 league titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a pair of Champions League titles.

He also accumulated 64 caps for his country.

"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 caliber," Giggs said in an open letter to United supporters.

"His credentials are second to none and I'm positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years.

I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistant manager of Manchester United."

He made his last appearance in a 3-1 win over Hull City at Old Trafford on May 6, coming on a substitute to replace youngster Tom Lawrence in the 70th minute.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added: "Ryan Giggs has been one of the greatest players ever to wear the red shirt of Manchester United. What he has achieved will never be equalled in the English game."

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