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Ryan Giggs retires as player after being named van Gaal's Man United assistant

Ryan Giggs Ryan Giggs' insertion of himself into the club's home finale marked his last appearance as a player. (Jon Super/AP)

As it turns out, Ryan Giggs' insertion of himself into Manchester United's 2013-14 home finale against Hull City was his last appearance as a player.

Giggs, who Monday was named as incoming manager Louis van Gaal's assistant coach, has announced his retirement after 963 appearances with the Red Devils. He took over as interim coach after David Moyes' dismissal, guiding the team for its final four matches of the season.

In an open letter on Manchester United's website, Giggs wrote:

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The 40-year-old Giggs' resume is astounding. In addition to his appearances mark, Giggs, forever a fan favorite at Old Trafford and a member of the club's famed "Class of '92," won 13 Premier League titles, two UEFA Champions League titles and four FA Cups as part of his 34-trophy haul.

As for one of his most iconic moments: The 1999 FA Cup semifinal replay against Arsenal, when he pounced on a poor pass in the Man Utd. half, weaved and ran by four defenders and unleashed a left-footed blast by goalkeeper David Seaman to book the Red Devils' place in the final (which they won). Watch it below:

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