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Ryan Joseph Giggs, (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973) made his first appearance for the club during the 1990/91 season and was a regular player from the 1991/92 season. He established himself as a left winger during the 1990s, and continued in this position well into the 2000s, though he was increasingly used in a deeper playmaking role in his later years.
Giggs was known for his tireless running, ball possession and ability to create goalscoring opportunities for those around him. At the end of the 2013/14 season, Giggs was named as Manchester United’s interim player-manager following the sacking of David Moyes, before being named as assistant manager under Moyes’ permanent replacement, Louis van Gaal. Giggs announced his retirement from playing the same day in an open letter on the Manchester United website.
Giggs is the most decorated player in English football history. He also holds the club record for competitive appearances.During his time at United, he won 13 Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions Leagues.
He has two runner-up medals from the Champions League, three FA Cup finals and two League Cup finals, as well as being part of the team five times when it finished second in Premier League. Giggs captained the team on numerous occasions, particularly in the 2007/08 season when regular captain Gary Neville was ruled out with various injuries.
Giggs has a number of personal achievements. He was the first player in history to win two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards (1992 and 1993), though he did not win the PFA Player of the Year award until 2009. He is the only player to have played and scored in every season of the Premier League. Prior to his retirement, he was the last remaining player in the Premier League who had played in the old First Division. He was elected into the PFA Team of the Century in 2007, Premier League Team of the Decade in 2003 as well as FA Cup Team of the Century. Giggs holds the record for the most assists in Premier League history, with 271. At international level, Giggs played for the Welsh national team prior to his retirement from international football on 2 June 2007 and was once the youngest player to ever represent his country.
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