Giggs: I had perfect end to playing career
January 27, 2015
Posted by Steven Tan | Source from PremierLeague.com
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs says he could not have wished for a better way to end his illustrious career than the send-off he received at the end of last season.
The most decorated player in Barclays Premier League history called time on his playing days last summer after making 632 BPL appearances, scoring 109 league goals and winning 13 BPL titles.
His final appearance came at Old Trafford on 6 May, when, as interim manager, he came on for the final 20 minutes as Man Utd recorded a 3-1 victory over Hull City. The moment was given further significance as Giggs came on for compatriot Tom Lawrence, who, like the Welsh winger, had come through the youth system at the club.
"It couldn't have ended any better," said Giggs, in an interview with Premier League TV. "I was manager, I gave young players a chance, I came on the pitch for Tom Lawrence, one of those players, a Welsh player, a player who had come through the ranks, and I came on and finished my career at Old Trafford."
Giggs was appointed as interim manager at the tail end of last season following the departure of David Moyes and led them in their final four matches of the campaign, recorded two wins, one draw and one defeat.
And the 41-year-old, who is now assistant to Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal, says he did find it difficult to be in charge of players that he had recently played alongside.
"It's something I did as a player, I would speak up at half-time and at the end of the game, so it was nothing new to me," he added. "I am a Man Utd fan, a Man Utd player and I am a winner, I want to win. If someone isn't pulling their weight, I will tell them, as a player or as a manager. That was never a problem to me."