Ryan Giggs becomes Manchester United player-coach in latest shake-up to coaching staff under David Moyes

The 39-year-old is set to continue his playing career but will join the coaching staff on the same day that Phil Neville is also appointed

Jack de Menezes
Thursday 04 July 2013 16:23

Ryan Giggs has been appointed as a player-coach for Manchester United with immediate effect, the club have revealed.

On the same day that Phil Neville also joins the backroom staff, 39-year-old Giggs has been handed the role as new manager David Moyes continues to build his own coaching team.

United have confirmed that both Giggs and Neville will work with the first-team, with the former Wales international set to continue his unmatchable record of having played and scored in every Premier League season to date.

"It's a great privilege to be appointed a player coach. I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long," said Giggs.

Giggs has been training for his coaching badges like Neville, and he is due to attain the Uefa Pro Licence next summer.

"It's no secret that I have been taking my qualifications and I see this as the first step in my future career," continued the United legend.

"I'm really looking forward to working alongside David and the team."

The appointments of both Neville and Giggs will appease some United fans that had been concerned with the departures of Mike Phelan, Rene Muelensteen and Eric Steele following Sir Alex Ferguson out the Old Trafford door.

Giggs has made over 600 appearances for the Red Devils in a career spanning 23 years, and his addition to Moyes' staff comes after he signed a one-year extension to his playing contract last season.

Moyes has responded to those concerns with the appointment of Neville, but the addition of Giggs is seen as a win-win situation.

"I am delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become player coach," said Moyes.

"His success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivalled perspective on the modern game.

"His career is an example to any aspiring young player and I'm sure that both he and the players will benefit from his new role."

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