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Giggs out, Van Gaal in

Ryan Giggs retired from playing football after being replaced as the head coach of Manchester United by Louis van Gaal and being named his assistant. Three things happened to Giggs in one day, and the Welshman therefore ended an illustrious playing career during which he won 34 major trophies in 963 appearances for Manchester United, and started a promising coaching career.

Giggs was leading Manchester United as the interim coach in the last four matches of this season and was met by universal acclaim, not so much for his own coaching qualities, but for the relief felt by the fans when David Moyes was sacked.

Also, these four matches served as a farewell run for Giggs, as it was obvious this will be the season in which he'll finally decide to end the fantastic career. Throughout this Giggs month, it was constantly being made clear he is not a long-term solution for the Red Devils, and Louis van Gaal was considered the most likely new head coach.

Van Gaal was finally confirmed as a new manager on Monday, and will take over the club after coming back from Brazil with the Dutch national team, which might be sooner than he thinks, as managers announcing they're leaving the national team after the coming tournament never made an impact and always exited the competition early.

Will Louis van Gaal manage to transform Manchester United into a winning machine? Opinions differ, but Ryan Giggs at the assistant manager spot is definitely a good move and Giggs will help Van Gaal greatly, and it's already obvious the Welshman is being prepared for the manager role. Sir Alex was always saying he'd make a good one.

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