Ryan Giggs reveals the one time he nearly leaving Manchester United
Wales boss Ryan Giggs has revealed there was only one time in his Manchester United career where he contemplated leaving the club.
The Welshman spent 24 seasons at United and was made caretaker manager in his final season at the club before he hung up his boots in 2014.
Giggs made 963 appearances for the club and is United's all-time appearance record but the winger had to adapt his game in order to break records.
The 46-year-old broke into the side as a high-flying winger but he ended his career as a creative central midfielder.
It was before that transition occurred that Giggs was unsure over his future at the club and he's revealed that he was close to leaving in 2004, when United gave up their Premier League crown to Arsenal.
'Yeah, around 2003/2004 I didn't have a great start to the season,' Giggs told BeIN Sport.
'It was the summer that David Beckham went, that was the probably the closest that I had got to going.
'My form wasn't great, and it was the transition period where I'd gone from flying winger to coming in a little bit more inside. I'd lost that pace. I actually ended the season quite strong. If I hadn't ended the season strong, who knows.
'But other than that there wasn't really a time when the manager would say that I was I wasn't doing well.
'I was in and out of the team towards the end of my career but I was used to that. I was fine with that. I was 35 to 40, I was fine, and I had got my head around that quite quickly, that I would be in and out of the team'.
Giggs was linked with Inter Milan, Juventus and Sam Allardyce's Bolton at the time but his decision to stay at Old Trafford proved a good one.
Giggs remained an important member of the side and won a further five Premier League titles and played in three Champions League finals before he retired a decade later.