Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has paid tribute to Ryan Giggs, telling him “his place in the history of the club is assured”.
The Welshman on Saturday confirmed his departure from the club after 29 years on Saturday – and he has been told by Woodward that he’ll be welcome back at Old Trafford anytime he likes.
Speaking in a statement on the club’s official website, Woodward said: “Ryan’s place in the history of Manchester United is assured. He has been a constant presence at the club since 1987 and, during his playing days, regularly delighted crowds; first with his dazzling wing play and later with his intelligence and ability to dictate a game.
“He has tackled his coaching and management responsibilities with similar rigour and diligence. The experiences and discipline he developed at United will undoubtedly be a big help as he continues to learn his trade.
“He has all the attributes to be a terrific manager in the future. Everyone at the club wishes him well in his new career. He will be missed but will always be welcome at Manchester United.”