Ryan Giggs
Giggs will look to move into management after ending his association with United. Getty Images

Manchester United have confirmed the departure of Ryan Giggs, after 29 seasons at Old Trafford. Giggs is world football's most decorated player having won 35 major honours including 13 Premier League titles as a player.

The 42-year-old retired in May 2014 following a brief spell in interim charge of the club, before being appointed assistant boss by Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman's departure at the end of his second season at the helm, coupled with Jose Mourinho's arrival has triggered Giggs' exit.

Having earned his Uefa pro license, Giggs will now pursue a career in management - having previously been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest. The ex-Wales international has no plans to being his coaching career this summer but nevertheless leaves United with a heavy heart.

"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," he told the United official website. "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. It has not been a decision that I have made lightly. I'll take away so many special memories as well as a lifetime of experiences that will, I hope, serve me well in the future.

"However, the time feels right and, although I have no immediate plans to step into management, it is where I want to be. It's time for a new chapter and a new challenge. I'm excited about the future - I've had the best apprenticeship into management anyone could ever ask for."