MOVING ON: Legend Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year career at Manchester United.

The 42-year-old played a record 963 matches for the Red Devils, scoring 168 goals, and managed the side four times.

The Welshman won 35 major trophies in his time at Old Trafford.

But after turning down an offer from the club to continue with United despite losing his assistant manager position under new boss Jose Mourinho, Giggsy has decided to quit the club.

He says: “After 29 seasons at Manchester United as a player and assistant manager, I know winning is in the DNA of this club - giving youth a chance, and playing attacking and exciting football.

“It’s healthy to have high expectations, it’s right to expect to win.

“Manchester United expects, deserves, nothing less.

“This is why it is a huge decision for me to step away from the club that has been my life since the age of 14.

“However, the time feels right and, although I have no immediate plans to step into management, it is where I want to be.

“My final thank you is to the fans. I will miss walking out at Old Trafford in front of you.”

Former manager Alex Ferguson added of his protege: “His place in the history of Manchester United and football is already assured. I doubt we’ll ever see a career like his again.”